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Photographers in Focus: Patricia Ware

Our photographer of note this time around is Patricia Ware from Manhattan Beach, CA. Patricia captures striking bird life images in and around Southern California. In her interview that follows, she shares some great tips on using her photographic equipment to the highest degree and reminds us that even after arising early to find these…

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American White Pelican Out of Trouble

Great news! The American White Pelican reported in our July 26 blog post successfully recovered from his two leg fractures and was released Aug 22 in McNabney Marsh in Martinez, CA. When the cage was opened, he calmly walked out and took his time walking over to the water. We watched an interesting display of…

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Meet Bart Selby, Ace Pelican Spotter!

Our Blue-banded Pelican Program has become important to a lot of pelican enthusiasts who like the idea of connecting with California Brown Pelicans as individuals with personal histories. But to Bart Selby, connecting in this way seems like a calling of the highest order. This self-described Brown Pelican fan has become one of the super-reporters…

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The Weekly Bittern #2: COME and go HOME

Dear Friends of International Bird Rescue– [slideshow_deploy id=’14286′] Did you see Jurassic World yet? In the film, there are four Velociraptors that are shown as fast and savage hunters. Allow me to introduce International Bird Rescue’s very own “Velociraptors”–a set of four baby Common Mergansers that clearly demonstrated in their feeding habits how they are…

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Dispatches from the International Sea Duck Conference in Iceland

Harlequin Duck, photo by Andrew A Reding/Flickr Creative Commons Over the past week, Reykjavik, Iceland has be the site of the 5th International Sea Duck Conference. More than 140 people from nearly 30 countries have listened, questioned and discussed a wide variety of issues important to understanding sea ducks, their biology, habitat, threats and survival….

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Our cottonball-sized patient of the week: Black Rail chick

Photo by Isabel Luevano Dear friends, In a cozy, leafy incubator within International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay center, you’ll find the smallest aquatic bird patient we’ve ever cared for. This is an orphaned baby Black Rail, an elusive bird and a threatened species in California due to habitat loss. The cottonball-sized chick was found…

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Photographers in Focus: Karen Schuenemann

Black-crowned Night Heron, all images © Karen Schuenemann, KarenSchuenemann.com Of all the images we’ve seen of the Black-crowned Night Heron this summer — and there have been many — this photo of a solitary juvenile bird by photographer Karen Schuenemann is one of our favorites. Our latest featured photographer, Schuenemann is an avid birder and…

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Update: American Avocet at our Los Angeles center

Photo by Bill Steinkamp Norman Bates was right: The old “You eat like a bird” adage isn’t true — birds really do eat a tremendous lot! The American Avocet orphan we recently profiled on this blog is growing up fast, thanks to a shorebird smorgasboard which includes live food. Our volunteer staff photographer Bill Steinkamp…