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Green Heron Gulp

Gregg Thompson captured a series of images of this Green Heron fishing in an urban marsh. The Green Heron is widely distributed in wetlands throughout North America--primarily the eastern half of the United States and the Pacific Coast--as well as Central America and the Caribbean. Most... read more »

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A Great Blue Heron Goes Fishing

Photographer Gregg Thompson captured a quick succession of images of a Great Blue Heron striking - and then swallowing - an unlucky fish. Herons have modified vertebrae, which allow them to hold their necks in an "S" shape and recoil quickly to capture fast-moving prey. Besides fish, a Great Blue... read more »

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Great Blue Heron Catches a FROG!

Mike Hamilton captured a sequence of images of a Great Blue Heron catching and eating - GULP - a large bullfrog! Herons stalk a wide variety of prey, from fish and insects to small mammals, reptiles, amphibians - and even birds. ###Listen to BirdNote shows about Great Blue HeronsThe Heron... read more »

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Gyrfalcon in Flight

Gyrfalcons - the largest falcons in the world - are amazingly powerful hunters. Body design and muscle allow these athletic birds to soar, stall and stoop with speeds up to 130 mph. They dine mostly on birds but will grab mammals for a meal - squirrels, lemmings, even a rabbit. On a lucky day,... read more »

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Palm Cockatoos - Different Drummers

Male Palm Cockatoos keep the beat during courtship, creating tools to make music! Researchers with the Robert Heinsohn lab at the Australian National University documented that the wild "Palmies" in the population on Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland engage in the unique behavior of... read more »

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Next Generation

Environmental Education ProgrammingBirdNote Next Generation awards grants to environmental education programs to incorporate BirdNote media into their curricula. BirdNote also contracts with media producers to create new media about, by, and for young listeners.The 2019 environmental education... read more »

Horned Grebe Catches a Bay Pipefish

Photographer Gregg Thompson watched a Horned Grebe catch — and eat — a bay pipefish at the Edmonds Marina on Puget Sound in Washington State.Wondering how this bird got the descriptor "Horned"? Check out its breeding plumage!Gregg writes: "Bay pipefish are family relatives of seahorses. The males... read more »

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The Amazing Whiskered Treeswift

The Whiskered Treeswift is the smallest of four species of treeswifts. Treeswifts are closely related to swifts, but unlike the latter, treeswifts are able to perch. And that perching makes for the ultimate camouflage of a treeswift's nest. Photographer Con Foley spotted these birds in the Panti... read more »

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Harlequin Ducks at Alki Beach

Photographer Gregg Thompson encountered these handsome male Harlequin Ducks at Alki Beach in Seattle, Washington.Could Gregg have been spotted?Putting the "histrionic" in Histrionicus histrionicus:Check out this BirdNote show about Harlequin Ducks:The Hardy Harlequin###All photos © Gregg Thompson... read more »

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An Osprey Goes Fishing

The Osprey is the only North American raptor to eat fish almost exclusively, and it's well adapted to do so. To help grip its slippery prey, the talons of the Osprey have barbed pads and a reversible outer toe with two (extremely sharp) talons in front and two in back — unusual among birds of... read more »

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