Audubon Magazine

Big Win for Arctic Wildlife

U.S. court rejects offshore oil leases in Arctic waters.
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Roger Strand, courtesy of the Wood Duck Society

A one-day-old wood duck chick.

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Incredible Videos Reveal Birds’ Flight Paths

An artist offers a whole new way of visualizing how birds and other animals move.  
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Courtesy of Fold the Flock
Photograph by Matthew Studebaker
Photograph by Matthew Studebaker
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In a Reversal of Roles, Fish Eats Birds

African tiger fish goes to great heights to prey on barn swallows.
Type: Magazine_article | From: Audubon Magazine
From Here to Ear installation for The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, 2010. Courtesy of the Artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Lyndon Douglas.
Installation for The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery, 2010. Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. Photo©AFP/Getty Images
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India’s Kite Flying Proves Fatal to Birds

Regulations on one of India's favorite sports comes just in time for festival season.
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Video: Zebra Finches Play Electric Guitars

Watch these birds play human instruments at Peabody Essex Museum.
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Photograph by Jason Paluck/Flickr Creative Commons
Photograph by Meena Kadri/Flickr Creative Commons

To make manja, a kite maker first coats cotton thread with a mixture consisting primarily of powdered glass and glue. He then runs over the sharp string with pink or gray dye.

Photograph by Anurag Agnihotri/Flickr Creative Commons
Photograph by Charles Chessler
Photograph by Charles Chessler
Photograph by Matt Carr
Photograph by Christopher Adler

Black-winged Stilt. Ban Pak Thale, Petchaburi Province, Thailand


"My wife and I were completing a 10-day birding excursion through western Thailand with an early morning stop at the salt pans of Pak Thale," says Christopher Adler. "We had observed a spoon-billed sandpiper in the salt pans the previous two mornings, and had hoped for one last look. While slogging along muddy embankments I was struck by the serene pose of this sole black-winged stilt, reflected in the glassy salt water."


Photograph by Michael Milicia

Northern Gannet. Bonaventure Island, off the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec


"Bonaventure Island has become the largest northern gannet breeding colony in the world. The nests are very densely packed, and when adults return from sea to feed their chicks, they have to do whatever they can to slow themselves down and make a pinpoint landing," says Micael Milicia. "This gave me the opportunity to capture many interesting images with dramatic wing positions."


Photograph by Bradley Bush

Ross's Goose, Snow Goose. Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, NM


"This shot was taken in mid-afternoon, as I was walking along a road at the refuge," says Bradley Bush. "Large flocks of Ross’s and snow geese were foraging in the nearby fields. I shot this image when one flock broke through the trees on their way to another grain field. Although this was spectacular to see, what I remember most were the sounds, in particular the sounds of a thousand wing beats when a large flock lifted off. It’s an amazing experience—something everyone should witness."


Photograph by Paul Bannick
Photograph by Nathaniel Sharp

Youth Winner. Common Tern. Eastern Egg Rock, ME


"This photo was taken on a trip with the Hog Island Audubon Camp’s Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens group. I was able to attend thanks to a full scholarship from the Wyncote Audubon Society," explains Nathaniel Sharp. "I was with a group of teens and researchers helping to survey a tern colony. The terns obviously were unhappy with us being this close to the nests, and were churning in a mass above our heads. These two common terns chased each other around in a territorial fight."


Photograph by John Blumenkamp

Professional Winner. Short-eared Owl. Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, UT

"After I relocated to Salt Lake City, capturing the area’s wildlife with my camera became a passion," says John Blumenkamp. "Each winter I explore northern Utah, looking for raptors to photograph. Some years I’m lucky to see a fair amount of owl activity. With colder-than-usual weather in late December 2012, a handful of short-eared owls were active during the day, hunting for voles. This particular owl would fly among the reeds and cattails, staring and listening for its prey."