By Perla Copernik

Part II: Nuts About Hornbills: What’s So Special About Them?


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” -William Blake There are many fascinating things about these amazingly weird looking birds; a couple of them are pretty obvious their colorful and in some species huge casques and large bills. The other one, which is not so obvious, but very interesting, is…

Nuts About Hornbills: A Fascinating Evolutionary Story


The extraordinary habit of the male, in plastering up the female with her egg, and feeding her during the whole time of incubation, and until the young one is fledged, is common to several of the large hornbills, and is one of those strange facts in natural history which are “stranger than fiction.” -Alfred Russel…

Much Ado About Puffins


“Seabirds are ideal symbols for ocean conservation… Because they live in a variety of habitats-including oceans, islands, estuaries and beaches-they can show visitors how all coastal life is connected and spark new interest in coastal conservation. Long-term conservation success hinges on public understanding and community support.” – Stephen Kress They look like cartoon characters taken…

Why Newfoundland?


“It’s the place where land, water and sky embrace like old friends”. -Newfoundland Saying Why indeed? At the beginning of 2012 I began looking for a destination for my next photo safari, after being in Africa the previous year I must confess it was quite challenging to find a place that I really wanted to…

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get…

Can You Imagine a World Without Elephants, Tigers and Rhinos?


“When more robust animals were enabled, by means of humans and their boats, to reach the havens or backwaters that island birds were inhabiting, they wreaked havoc… with the greatest single threat coming from the most ruthless predator ever to emerge on this planet: Homo sapiens. Quite apart from hunting and harrying, the human capacity…

The Mighty Elephant, the Real King of the Savanna


“The premature elimination of elephants over much of their range represents one of the most wasteful mammalian tragedies of the century” -Iain Douglas-Hamilton, 1987 I’m closing these series of posts exactly one year after my unforgettable trip to the Masai Mara,  and for the end I left the best, my absolute favorite animal, the sweet…

Giraffes The Gorgeous Blondes of the African Savanna


Watching a giraffe is like walking in New York or Chicago while looking in awe at those magnificent skyscrapers, but like skyscrapers against a bright sky, giraffes can be very tricky to photograph. They are too tall!! -P.C Giraffes are the tallest living animals on our planet, and their amazing height, combined with their peculiar…

From Dik-Dik to Eland, there is an Antelope for Everything


“One of the most impressive aspects of the African wildlife experience is the presence of up to a dozen different antelopes in the same area. Yet it was by taking measures to minimize competition by becoming different species that such a diverse array of antelopes came to exist in the first place.” -Robert D. Estes,…

Goodbye Clawed, Enjoy Savanna Heaven!


“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up.It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: when the…