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Excellent timing and wild honeybee hives produced our Summer Tanager cover photo
Timing is everything in birding and photography, and that was certainly true for Randy Mehoves in late April 2007, when he photographed the bright red Summer Tanager that appears on our June 2011 cover (right). Randy was visiting Sabine Woods , a famous migrant trap and bird sanctuary on the Upper Texas...
6/28/2011 9:32:00 AM
How a parula in a forest ‘alive with birdsong’ flew onto our April 2011 cover
The colorful male Northern Parula on the cover of our April 2011 issue (right) came to us from long-time contributing photographer Brian E. Small . He lives in Los Angeles, far from the eastern warbler's normal range. So taking this picture required a special effort in early June 2006. “I was...
3/31/2011 3:25:00 PM
How a Burrowing Owl nesting on a golf course turned up on our February 2011 cover
The Burrowing Owl photo on the cover of our February 2011 issue (right) came to us from Neil Losin . Neil is a biologist, photographer, and filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles. He has written a few articles for us, and he was the grand-prize winner of our 2006 Photo of the Week Contest . He is working...
3/3/2011 9:30:00 AM
Welcome to the February 2011 issue of Birder's World!
Welcome to the February 2011 issue of Birder's World! Subscribers should be receiving their copies any day now, and the issue will appear on newsstands across the country and in Canada at the beginning of January. Look for it! You'll like it! Find Birder's World on a newsstand near you ....
12/23/2010 1:43:00 PM
How a Red-shouldered Hawk in Florida turned up on our cover
In late December 2008, Robert Strickland was hoping to photograph Sandhill Cranes during a visit to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in north-central Florida, just south of Gainesville. Instead, Robert, who lives about an hour south of the park in Beverly Hills, came away with fantastic photos of a...
10/12/2010 4:25:00 PM
October 2010 issue: Just in time for hawk-watching season
Just in time, that's what our October 2010 issue is. Just in time for one of the most anticipated bird phenomena of the year: the annual, epic migration of hawks and other birds of prey across North America. The issue will go on newsstands on August 31. (Ask for it at your favorite birding shop or...
8/20/2010 12:17:00 PM
How the world’s smallest bird landed on our June 2010 cover
Pictured on the cover of our June 2010 issue (right) is the world's smallest bird: a male Bee Hummingbird. It measures 2.5 inches from the tip of the beak to the tip of the tail, and it weighs 1.6 to 1.9 grams. That’s a mere 0.056 to 0.067 ounces. In fact, the cover photo shows the bird at...
6/18/2010 9:10:00 AM
How a Painted Bunting landed on our April 2010 cover
Nature photographer Bill Draker and his wife Sharon were participating in the 2009 Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest in Texas in April 2009 when Bill photographed the stunning male Painted Bunting that appears on our April 2010 issue cover (right). The biannual contest promotes wildlife conservation...
4/19/2010 11:00:00 AM
How a redpoll on red-osier dogwood ended up on the cover of our December issue
For the cover of our December 2009 issue, we knew we wanted a shot of a winter finch -- one of a handful of hardy northern songbirds that wander unpredictably each year -- but we didn't know which one. We would have been happy with a Pine Grosbeak, White-winged Crossbill, or Purple Finch, but when...
12/11/2009 11:05:00 AM
Northern Harrier on our cover returns to California wintering grounds each year
With the publication of our October issue (on newsstands today), Northern Harrier becomes the sixth raptor species to appear on a Birder’s World cover. (The others are Bald Eagle [twice], American Kestrel [twice], Aplomado Falcon, Cooper’s Hawk, and Red-shouldered Hawk.) But this is not a story about...
9/1/2009 12:47:00 PM
Rufous Hummingbird chases off Calliope and turns up on our April 2009 cover
Frequent contributing author and photographer Jim Burns photographed the Rufous Hummingbird that appears on the cover of our April issue, on newsstands now. Here's how he got the shot. -- M.M. Every summer during southbound hummingbird migration, I try to get up to the Becker Lake Wildlife Area in...
3/17/2009 11:50:00 AM
Varied Thrush visits Seattle bird feeder, shows up on February 2009 cover
Veteran bird photographer Steve Maslowski of Maslowski Wildlife Productions photographed the beautiful Varied Thrush that appears on the cover of our February 2009 issue . He shot the photo in 1999 during a trip to the west coast. Here is what he told me about how he took it. -- M.M. The Varied Thrush...
2/14/2009 1:00:00 PM
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