rare bird sighting


Snowy Owl by Jay KoolPix
Via Flickr:
Jones Beach, NY - January 25, 2017

Check out this epic aerial battle between a bald eagle & two gulls. David Canales captured this once-in-a-lifetime photo from his kayak on Prince William Sound in Alaska while on an 11-day expedition from Valdez to Whittier. Photo courtesy of David Canales.


Rare bird sighting.

Japan Air Self-Defense Force UH-60J Black Hawk helicopter from the Komatsu Air Base refuels from a US Air Force MC-130P Combat Shadow during a helicopter air-to-air refueling training mission above the Sea of Japan. This is the first time that members of the 353rd SOG held HAAR training with JASDF members in Honshu Island in Japan.

(U.S. Air Force photos by Osakabe Yasuo, 5 JUN 2014.)


This fall, a team of vertebrate specialists from the Museum is heading out to one of the most remote areas in the world in search of new species and specimens on the Explore21 Papua New Guinea expedition. In the most recent dispatch, read about:

Rare Bird Sightings

We were treated to close-up views of Ribbon-tailed Astrapia and Brown Sicklebill at the lodge’s fruit feeders. Another great bird at the feeder was Archbold’s Bowerbird, first discovered near the base of Mount Hagen by Museum ornithologist E. Thomas Gilliard in the 1950s.

The Flight Into A Remote Area

The journey was spectacular; we flew low below the clouds though valleys cloaked in pristine forest, at times hugging the mountainsides. Finally the airstrip appeared as a small gash in the unbroken forest cover. Landing in a small plane on a muddy grass airstrip was quite a thrill.

Unanticipated Delays

In the morning we learned that a “bride-price” negotiation was underway in the village, and our potential carriers would be tied up for the remainder of the day.

Read the full expedition report on the Museum blog.