AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD HAS won the junior section of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2012 after taking this beautiful image of a chaffinch as it landed on a garden bird-feeder. William Briggs, from Groombridge in Kent, spent more than an hour sitting in his kitchen to capture the winning shot. He said: “It’s fun taking photo’s, especially on film as you don’t really know what you’re going to get. I wanted to try something new and try and take a nice picture for my bedroom wall.”
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MONEYPENNY THE SECRETARYBIRD (Sagittarius serpentarius) is the newest member of the team at the Hawk Conservancy Trust aviaries in Andover, Hampshire. Captive-bred in France and hatched in May this year, she is currently being trained to appear in flying demonstrations and will eventually replace Madeleine, another secretarybird
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DUDLEY ZOO’S NEW £40,000 Penguin Bay will delight not only its 70 Humboldt penguins (Spheniscus humboldti), but also the general public, which called for closer contact with the birds. The penguins’ nest-boxes have been refurbished, the pool resealed, a crèche for young penguins added and the whole display is now a walk-through experience for the general public.
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SWISS WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER Stefan Huwiler camped out in the snow-bound Sinite Kamani National Park in Bulgaria watching a golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) eat a carcass. When along came an opportunistic red fox, which sidled up to the carcass to try and snatch a meal. The eagle was having none of it.
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LANDOWNERS IN SOUTH -EAST Scotland are claiming that the reintroduced population of red kites is decimating gamebirds and local wildlife. Conservationists reject the claims, saying red kites only eat carrion. But David Parker, a gamekeeper from Rhonehouse in Dumfries and Galloway, said: “The RSPB say they only take carrion, but that’s not the case. These are only poults, but they are also take young ducks, young wading birds and even young rabbits. We can’t have one species being protected to the detriment of others.”
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