Predation of artificial ground nests in Australian tropical savannas: inverse edge effects

Depredation of artificial ground nests was examined in tropical savanna in northern Australia to assess potential predation pressures on nests of the partridge pigeon (Geophaps smithii), a declining tropical granivore. Predation rates were examined at two sites, Kakadu National Park (which supported a relatively high density of partridge pigeons) and Berry Springs (which had greater […]

Stoat feeding young on rock pipits

24 May, watching gulls on rugged cliff top, heard squeaks, female stoat appeared and looked around, then purred, and 3 young appeared “as if from the earth”. Female found a rock pipit’s nest and brought a nestling to young, then disappeared and returned 3 times, each time with a chick. Parent birds kept up cries […]