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lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

lyskonoh úzkozobý, samice / Red-necked Phalarope, female (Phalaropus lobatus)

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Monday, 01 March 2010 19:19

thumb4 Florida 2010 – V – Waders – not a simple task!

It will only be short this time, I have nothing special to write about and my head is now engaged with other project (will hopefully be announced soon). I was really looking forward to processing pictures of Florida waders – those are my favourite birds and there are plenty of them in Florida – what a joy! After picking out the best pictures (for me) there are still 29 photos “suitable for publishing” so I have to do the selection once again, not very simple indeed!...well it will be more about pictures than the stories today but who cares about stories :-)...

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2011 17:47
Thursday, 18 February 2010 23:30

thumb1 Florida 2010 – IV – Osprey, Florida`s fisher

When I made a list of articles in which I would like to present my pictures from Florida trip, I came to a point of which bird should I call a “fisher”? – Osprey or Pelican that usually acts as a fisher in animated movies and that can be seen everywhere in Florida skimming above the water and rushing down to catch the fish prey? It was Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) at the end, the elegant raptor that patrols high above the water to suddenly dive for a fish below...

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2011 17:51
Thursday, 11 February 2010 20:42

thumb7 Florida 2010 – III – Wakodahatchee, all in one

Although Wakodahatchee Wetlands is not the best place for getting great bird images, I spent my very first as well as very last day of my trip to Florida in this reserve. The reason, why Wakodahatchee is among of the most popular sites for birders and bird photographers in Miami area is the fact, that on a very small area one can watch many bird species from Divers to Egrets, Herons, Ibises, Pelicans, Passerines or Kingfisher very easily and from a close distance! Altogether the Wakodahatchee bird list counts more than 140 bird species...
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2011 17:56
Thursday, 04 February 2010 18:43

thumb1 Florida 2010 – II – Pelican the bomber

In the older article I said the abundance of Anhinga in Florida can be compared to Mallard in Europe but what can I say about Pelican that you will almost certainly see on every beach of Florida? It will do to stick to the fact that Pelican is very common and abundant species in Florida and my comparison to a bomber is quite clear when you realize that most often you will see single birds as well as flocks of Pelicans numbering tens of individuals hovering low above the beach and this all – the large body with wide-spread wings cutting smoothly through the wind gusts - make you feel like a fleet of enemy bombers will attack you in a moment...

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2011 18:00
Saturday, 30 January 2010 18:31

thumbHuntsmen poaching

This article in Czech version focuses on the problem of Poaching among the Huntsmen in Czech Republic – it describes the case from the end of 2009 when 2 Huntsmen were accused from hunting down many protected mammal and bird species for purposes of taxidermy and illegal sale. Among the shot and stuffed species there were many Woodpeckers, raptors, passerines and owls including one Barn Owl with the ring! It appears that this is great problem in Czech Republic, especially because the hunting has powerful lobby between Czech politics as well as Police...

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2011 18:05
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 21:54

thumb5 Florida 2010 – I – Anhinga, the snakebird

I got excited when I learned last year I would have a chance to spend a little time in Florida at the end of the year 2009. In the same moment I recalled the beautiful bird pictures of Ondra Prosicky and I started to gather any useful information and to get ready for the adventure. The whole trip was a business journey but you always get some time to spend with the birds, but this is not what I wanted to talk about...

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 January 2011 18:09
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 00:00

thumb1 Scottish landscape - Islands

It is a begining of November, it is cold and rainy outside and I am sitting in front of my computer looking through that heap of pictures from our May-June trip (honneymoon) to Scotland. I am looking at the pictures from the Scottish islands and strange feelings overwhelm me; the songs from the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon just sketch in my mood and I realize why such a odd but beautiful music got its birth right here, in Great Britain...

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2010 00:58
Thursday, 17 December 2009 00:00

thumb Did you know... Blue Tit

Blue Tit (Parus caeruleus) is one of our best known and most common birds. And it is not only because of its abundance and its favour for bird-feeders – it is as well its unusual courage when it comes to the contact with people. I remember one afternoon during last winter when I was sitting in my room and watching birds on the feeder through the open window – one of the Blue Tits was attracted by the cracker I left on the window frame – it came to sit on the frame and then even flew inside the room and spent a little time with me. It sat on the lamp just half a meter from me hiding behind the masked camera lens...
Last Updated on Friday, 18 December 2009 02:45
Monday, 07 December 2009 20:22

Birds evolution on-line

The finches that helped Charles Darwin to define his Theory of Evolution almost 200 years ago play significant role again! The scientists studying these birds on small Galapagos islands during last 30 years observed the natural selectiuon within one bird species. Thanks to the harsh weather conditions in last decades the large-billed individuals of the medium ground finch (Geospiza fortis) increased in the population at the expense of the finer-billed individuals. Dutiny following years the large-billed birds prevailed in the population and scientists are now surprised how fast the evolution can run in the nature...


More informations in the links below:

The Continuing Saga of the Galápagos Finches

Darwin's Birds: Evolution and DNA in the Galápagos

Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2009 20:31
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 08:23

thumb2 Colorful landscape of Scotland I

„Vast grey land covered with desolate heathlands and constantly beaten by wind and rain; the mountain tops hidden in the clouds low above the horizon and dense mist crawling up onto the hillsides; cold stone walls castellating medieval towns; Skye Island is the most beautiful place in that land; sheep are everywhere...“ This was image in my head when somebody was talking about Scotland. How wrong I was (except of the sheep :-) I realized during our three-weeks trip to Scotland in May and June…
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 December 2009 20:41
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:04

thumbDid you know... House Martin

These short profile articles called „Did you know…“ should not only serve for presentation of some of my bird pictures but also as an ID card of each individual bird with basic facts about the described species as well as some interesting information that you maybe did not know…I do not say that I know these facts better but internet is a powerful tool of today and it is sometimes worth just to enter the name of the bird into the search engine and read through the found articles. It is also kind of ornithology class for me as I am still rather a birding beginner...

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 November 2009 07:43
Sunday, 01 November 2009 21:09

thumbNorwegian landscape through the year

Norwegian landscape is very different from anything you can see in the rest of Europe. Especially for middle-Europeans is every trip to Norway a life-experience and even for us who have been living here for some time now, it always brings a new views and feelings. Although the heading of this article is “Norwegian landscape through the year”, it in fact only presents diverse landscape pictures from late Spring to Autumn – for the rest of the year Norway becomes a “Grey Kingdom” with short dark days and cloudy sky that turns everything into misty and blurry tones with no colours...

Last Updated on Monday, 02 November 2009 08:13
Saturday, 31 October 2009 00:08

thumbenBe updated - newsletters

It was the nature photographer Alessandro Carboni from JuzaForum who suggested me to establish a mailing list where everybody could be updated with new information from this website. I have welcomed that idea – sometimes I do the updates twice a week, sometimes it takes me month or even more and I know how this feature might be helpful with websites as is mine – I like reading articles of other photographers but do not have time to check their websites every day.

With the „News subscription“ function you will be getting regular newsletter about what is going on this website – either it will be a new article or new photos in a gallery. The only you have to do is to sign up for the mail newsletter in the left menu under the heading „News subscription“ – after subscribing your name and mail address and email confirmation you will be added to the mailing list that I will use then for sending the newsletters. Your subscription can be cancelled anytime later. I hope you will find this new feature useful and will eventually sing up for the news updates.


Jiří Sláma

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 October 2009 00:12
Sunday, 25 October 2009 20:42

thumbenNew web section – list of bird pictures A-Z

Everything evolves with time and so the web got another improvement  - in the upper menu, third from left is the new section called “BIRDS A-Z”. Under this link you will find the updated list of al the bird pictures that can otherwise be found in systematic listing in the gallery at this website. Every species in the list is tagged with the abbreviation specifying the continent where the picture has been taken. This new function should simplify searching of individual bird species and is also a good aid for me to know how many bird species is in my portfolio – so far it is only 119 species altogether with 76 species from Europe but I believe this number will grow significantly with years.
Last Updated on Sunday, 25 October 2009 20:47
Sunday, 18 October 2009 20:39

thumbHandicapped does not mean ugly

This title of the article suggested my wife after I came back from Sunday birding trip to Herdla nature reserve (Askøy Island, Bergen, Norway) and watched the pictures on our PC. My primary target of the Sunday`s trip were the Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) that regularly visit Herdla in autumn months and sometimes stay over the winter, but at the end there were especially the pictures of Dunlin (Calidris alpina) that made my day on Sunday including picture of one poor Dunlin with missing left leg…

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 February 2011 08:19
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