Laughing Kookaburra

This week’s featured bird is the laughing kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae. An Aussie icon, the laughing kookaburra occurs only in Australia. It inhabits non-arid habitats in the eastern mainland...

Crested Pigeon

This week we return to Australia for our featured bird, the crested pigeon, Ocyphaps lophotes. Like other pigeon and dove species, the crested pigeon is a member of the avian family Columbidae, a grou...

Southern Cassowary

For this week’s featured bird, we’ll travel to the lush rainforests of tropical Australia. Stocky and shaggy, the southern cassowary is Australia’s second largest native bird, after the ...

Birding at Alice Springs

This morning, I ran before sunrise, spotting tracks of white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse, deer mice, and red fox embossed on thin snow. The -16°C air enveloped me in still calm before a winter storm f...