Biologists have long known the corvid family – it includes crows, ravens, rooks, magpies and jackdaws – to be among the smartest of all birds. Corvids, and other birds, have been seen to solve problems by insight and learn by example, as human children do. On the Pacific island of New Caledonia, crows have demonstrated… Continue reading
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Wild Highlands life in a year of changing weather
A Bird’s Eye View of a Highland Year, by John Lister-Kaye. Canon Gate, £14.99 hardback, £12.99 e-book. Any preconceptions I might have had that this would be the standard “Year in the life of” nature book were summarily dispelled on page 3 of the preface. John Lister-Kaye has run the study centre at Aigas in the… Continue reading →
David Attenborough – Talking to a Great Broadcaster.
Sir David Attenborough is, by common consent, the world’s master wildlife documentary presenter, the last of the great TV communicators whose career began with the birth of the medium in which he works. His latest (October, 2014) series Life Story is as epic and wide ranging as it could possibly be. It tells the story of how… Continue reading →