Dead birds ‘not just a freak event’

Increasing frequency: Hundreds of Tasmanian muttonbirds, also known as short-tailed shearwaters, have been found in dead on Port Phillip bay beaches. Photo: Jason South

Increasing frequency: Hundreds of Tasmanian muttonbirds, also known as short-tailed shearwaters, have been found in dead on Port Phillip bay beaches. Photo: Jason South

Muttonbirds are dying in their thousands nearly every year and much more frequently than ever before, washing up on the coast from Coffs Harbour to Tasmania.

On South Melbourne and Port Melbourne beaches on Wednesday beach cleaning contractor David Martinez picked up more than 150 short-tailed shearwater birds, a species of muttonbird. One day last week, he picked up a similar number.

At Lord Howe Island this month, 200 shearwater birds washed up for the first time in many years, Monash University seabird biologist Jennifer Lavers said. These deaths en masse, known as “wrecks”, have been reported along the coast from Coffs Harbour to Tasmania, she said. Continue reading

Pakistan’s ‘guest birds’

 Hundreds of thousands of Siberian birds migrate to Pakistan's wetlands in huge flocks.

Hundreds of thousands of Siberian birds migrate to Pakistan’s wetlands in huge flocks.

With the advent of winter in Siberia, migratory birds, locally referred to as “guest birds,” have begun flooding Pakistan’s lakes and riverbeds to avoid the harsh winter in their native land.

Every October, hundreds of thousands of Siberian birds – including cranes, geese, ducks, swans and waders – migrate to Pakistan’s wetlands in huge flocks, where they remain until the end of February.

“These migratory birds have become part of our heritage,” Tahir Qureshi, an ecologist and senior advisor to the International Union of Conservation of Nature, told Anadolu Agency.
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Turkish trial release of Northern Bald Ibises ends in mystery

 Two of the three dead Northern Bald Ibises that were found beneath electricity pylons in Jordan in 2008. Photo: Sharif al Jbour (RSPB/BirdLife International).

Two of the three dead Northern Bald Ibises that were found beneath electricity pylons in Jordan in 2008. Photo: Sharif al Jbour (RSPB/BirdLife International).

The trial release of six Northern Bald Ibises from the semi-wild colony at Birecik, Turkey – three of which were satellite-tagged – has ended with their disappearance.

The birds were released in late July this year and, after an initial spell where they stayed near to the releases site in Turkey, five of the six (including all three tagged birds) suddenly moved south during August, and ended up stopping for almost three weeks very close to the former Syrian colony near Palmyra, where only one adult of the truly wild population spent the spring at the colony this year. Continue reading

Poaching of migratory birds rampant along TN, Puducherry coastal regions: NGO

Several narikuravas and villagers in these regions poach thousands of migratory birds that come to water bodies and sanctuaries to lay eggs in this season. (TOI photo)

Several narikuravas and villagers in these regions poach thousands of migratory birds that come to water bodies and sanctuaries to lay eggs in this season. (TOI photo)

CUDDALORE: Poaching of migratory birds is rampant along the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, particularly on the stretch between Mahabalipuram and Nagapattinam, charges a Cuddalore-based non-government organization (NGO).

Several narikuravas and villagers in these regions poach thousands of migratory birds that come to water bodies and sanctuaries to lay eggs in this season. They particularly target cranes (egrets) as these birds can be easily caught.
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Saving the Philippine cockatoo, Palawan’s most treasured bird

THE Philippine cockatoo, scientifically named Cacatua haematuropygia, is Palawan’s most treasured bird. One of the very few parrots that can dance and mimic human voice, the Philippine cockatoo is facing extinction because of massive habitat destruction and illegal wildlife trade.

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Called katala in Palawan, it is listed as critically endangered under Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (Cites) Appendix I. The Philippines is a signatory to Cites, an international agreement among governments to ensure that trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Continue reading

Siberian migratory birds suffer rain fury

 Siberian birds died due to Phailin cyclone and incessant low pressure rains at Telukunchi. —DC

Siberian birds died due to Phailin cyclone and incessant low pressure rains at Telukunchi. —DC

Hyderabad: Heavy to very heavy rain will occur in isolated places of four Rayalaseema districts. Traffic on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway came to a standstill near Kattungur in Nalgonda district on Friday as the Musi river overflowed. There are six culverts enroute. City-bound traffic was diverted from Suryapet via Jangaon.

Mining in the open cast mines of Bhoopalapalli in Warangal district was halted. The rush of pilgrims in Tirumala has been much less and the general darshan could be had within three hours.
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