Todd Petty

Todd Petty

Todd Petty is a reporter at Audubon Magazine.

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Published: 04/21/2014

This handsome pair of soaring red-and-green macaws was taken at Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park in Mato Grosso, Brazil. On the last morning of a two-week trip to Brazil, Scott set out early to do some birding with friends. He spied these macaws in the distance, but they were too far away to capture, even with his 400mm zoom lens. They stayed out of range all morning, then disappeared completely. Although Scott thought his opportunity to photograph these magnificent birds was lost, he kept his camera at the ready. Plus, he was happy just to have seen them in a natural setting.

Published: 04/22/2014

Argentinean scientists have got it in the bag.

All 80 gallons of it—the amount of methane produced by the average cow per day, which can be used to generate electricity, heat, and power for a refrigerator or a car engine.

Enteric fermentation, or the methane-producing conversion of food that takes place in the stomachs of certain animals, is the second leading cause of methane emissions in the United States, surpassed only by natural gas and petroleum.

Published: 04/23/2014

This photo featuring a sandhill crane chick and its mother, beak to beak, was taken in Melbourne, Florida. The mother had nested in a small pond in an industrial area, says Ursula Dubrick, who spent weeks observing and photographing the nest, unsure when the chick would hatch. Since Dubrick lived nearby, she visited the pond twice a day, spending several hours each time. One morning she noticed a small hole in the egg; the chick emerged later that day.

Published: 04/24/2014

Known for their bright blue feet and lively mating dance, blue-footed booby populations are plummeting in the Galápagos.

Published: 04/28/2014

This heartwarming photo of nesting black skimmers was taken behind the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a rehab hospital located in Florida’s Pinellas County.

Published: 04/28/2014

Keith Kennedy remembers standing on Johnny Mercer's Pier at Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, North Carolina, watching northern gannets plunge-dive off in the distance. As he enjoyed the gannets, he noticed some horned grebes swimming right below him. Camera at the ready, he captured this very blue and unique photograph. "The water clarity was good enough to see the grebes as they dove and swam just below the surface," Kennedy says. "It also afforded the opportunity to observe their unusual feet, and I was able to capture an image when the grebe had just started its dive."

Published: 04/30/2014

While attending a photo workshop at Rancho Naturalista Lodge in Provinica de Cartago, Costa Rica, Keith Kennedy had the opportunity to shoot the local hummingbirds that regularly visit the lodge’s feeders. Using a multi-flash set-up on the veranda, Kennedy was able to freeze the incredibly fast wing movements of the hummingbirds and create some very dramatic shots, he says. He was also able to get a photo of a female white-necked jacobin as it approached one of the feeders with both its wings and tail feathers spread out.

Published: 05/05/2014

Keith Kennedy got this photo of a soaring Arctic tern against a white background near the base of Dynjandi waterfalls (also called Fjallfoss, or “mountain falls”), in Westfjords, Iceland. After photographing the famous waterfall itself, he walked along the shoreline of the adjacent fjord for a chance to see some of the whooper swans on the water. Despite staying on the road, Kennedy says, he must have gotten close to an Arctic tern nest because an adult tern suddenly appeared, hovering just above his head and squawking at him.

Published: 05/12/2014

Reclined on a hammock in the Galapagos Islands, University of Utah biology doctoral student Sarah Knutie browsed through the pictures she had taken that morning, stopping occasionally to sip a smoothie. She became distracted when she noticed some nearby Darwin’s finches were up to something. Fascinated, she watched as the birds flew to the laundry line, picking frayed fibers free from the rope, and carried them away to use as liner for their nests.

Published: 05/13/2014

Each year, wind turbines kill roughly 270,000 birds, and the death toll could climb to more than a million by 2030. To curb the carnage, for eagles in particular, one proposal has been to apply ultraviolet-reflective paint to blades to make them more visible to birds.