Tag Archives: Birds

Photographing birds is a challenge and a big fun

By Elie Louis Khalil I would like to share my story and experience with you. I am a retired architect and amateur photographer mainly landscape and macro photography. I am fond of nature and hiking. By chance I was invited to Hima Hammana by Chadi Saad on 17-sep-2020 while hiking in the mountain. From that moment I was stuck with …

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Safe Passage For Migratory Birds

Migration can only be mastered if the birds find safe resting places along their route where they can find food and recover their strength. However, indiscriminate hunting drives birds to struggle amid unsustainable conditions. Even through rough weather, our responsible hunters answered the call of SPNL, and the Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) of the Middle East Center for Sustainable Hunting (MESHC) …

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Red List 2020: seven things you might have missed

The carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” may soon need to become one verse shorter as a European partridge is listed as Near Threatened. Meanwhile, paradise is restored for one flycatcher, proving that conservation can achieve great things. Explore these and more in our round-up of fascinating under-the-radar findings from this year’s Red List update… By Jessica Law 1. Red-legged …

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Changing attitudes towards illegal killing of Birds

The issue of illegal killing is a widespread concern for sustainable hunters in Lebanon. Last week, a conference was held by SPNL and MESHC with the owners of shops that sell hunting equipment in Lebanon on responsible hunting areas, on how to combat excessive and illegal hunting. Collaboration is key: as a conservation organization, SPNL, is in a unique position …

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Updated checklist of the birds of Lebanon, with notes on four new breeding species in spring 2020

GHASSAN RAMADAN-JARADI, FOUAD ITANI, JAMES HOGG, ASSAD SERHAL & MONA RAMADAN-JARADI Summary: Since the previous published checklist of the birds of Lebanon in 2008, many significant changes to the status and distribution of birds in the country have been recorded. Checklists evolve, and the one presented here uses the standardised taxonomic list for the OSME region. Of the 404 species …

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14th October the magic of migration: Save the Date for our next webinar

Our next webinar is going to be part of a month of celebration in October of the wonder that is migratory birds. Did you know? The longest recorded non-stop flight of a migratory birds was 11,600 KILOMETRES.  A satellite-tagged Bar-tailed godwit travelled from Alaska to New Zealand in a single, 9-day flight. Arctic terns see more daylight than any other creature …

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Join us for a celebration of the miracle of migration, birds and birding!

Dear Partners,We would love for you to join us in mid-October for a week-long global celebration of migration, birds and birding. We’re kicking things off on Saturday 10 October with World Migratory Bird Day, an annual celebration of the amazing endurance of migratory birds as they travel between their breeding and wintering grounds. On 17 and 18 October, we’ve joined forces with Global Birding, Swarovski …

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OSME Summer meeting 2020: Dr Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi’s presentation on the birds of Lebanon

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200 meters of mist nets were confiscated in Barja

Today, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) team together with members of the Middle Eastern Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC) conducted field investigations around the city of Barja, Shouf, Mount Lebanon, in cooperation with a number of local hunters who follow the hunting law. The action was in response to recent intelligence received regarding industrial-scale trapping in …

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Coronavirus lockdown brings Lebanon’s migratory birds up close

Ayat Basma AMMIQ WETLAND, Lebanon (Reuters) – With Lebanese confined to their homes by the new coronavirus, migratory birds in the Mediterranean country are winging their way into the midst of quieter city life. From flocks of white pelicans and storks soaring over Beirut’s seafront to diminutive herons nesting in built-up neighbourhoods, Lebanese social media are capturing avian beauty normally …

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