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Guide to Optics 2015: complete specification tables

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Russet Bush Warbler, such as this nominate bird, now finds itself with four sister species and the possibility of more to come. Photo: Per Alström.

Five in the bush

A south-east Asian Locustella bush warbler has been found to consist of cryptic species after analysis of its songs, biometrics and DNA.

The Narcissus/Yellow-rumped Flycatcher complex has now been split into four full species; this is an adult male nominate Narcissus Flycatcher in Osaka, Japan. Photo: kuribo (commons.wikimedia.org).

Splits make four on the fly

Long suspected to be four separate species, this taxonomic status of the Narcissus/Yellow-rumped Flycatcher complex in Asia now appears to be confirmed.


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One of the resident Cormorants flying past on a sunny day

Posted by Ian on 27 Nov 2015

one of many, and looking great in the Spring sunshine

Posted by Ian on 27 Nov 2015

Foraging on the causeway

Posted by Ian on 27 Nov 2015

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Two in the bush

Posted: 30 Nov 2015
A south-east Asian Locustella bush warbler has been found to consist of cryptic species after analysis of its songs, biometrics and DNA.

Shocking increase in Amazon deforestation

Posted: 30 Nov 2015
The Worldwide Fund for Nature has warned the Brazilian government that it needs to boost conservation efforts, after damning new deforestation figures of 16 per cent were published.

Birds carry the news on environmental decline

Posted: 29 Nov 2015
Birds are the great messengers of the declining state of our environment, according to a newly published BirdLife study.

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