Very excited to have a photo included in this international forum earlier this year.

Karen Hunt

https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2019/02/22/top-25-wild-bird-photographs-of-the-week-raptors-2/

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THE SPOTTED HARRIER IS NATIVE TO AUSTRALIA AND INDONESIA, THEY ARE FOUND IN OPEN WOODLAND, OPEN GRASSLAND AND SHRUBLAND, AND THEY FEED ON TERRESTRIAL MAMMALS, SMALL BIRDS, AND REPTILES (KAREN HUNT)

This was one of those right time, right place shots when the photo gods smiled and everything was just right.

It does happen!

Photographed just outside Geraldton WA

Bird spotted feeding chick cigarette butt in ‘devastating’ picture

“The Independent” Jane Dalton

The photograph of the bird trying to feed its chick on a cigarette butt was described as heartbreaking ( Karen Mason/Facebook )

A parent bird has been spotted feeding its chick a cigarette butt, highlighting environmental concerns and prompting a wave of anger at careless smokers.

The black skimmer bird was photographed at a beach in Florida, US, picking the butt up and putting it in the baby’s mouth.

Karen Mason, who took the photographs, issued a simple plea as she posted the pictures online: “If you smoke, please don’t leave your butts behind.”

She added: “It’s time we cleaned up our beaches and stopped treating them like one giant ash tray. #nobuttsforbabies.”

Commenters endorsed her plea, saying the sight was “heartbreaking and devastating”. 

Susan Nagi wrote: “The baby chick needs to become a poster child for change.”

“People are disgusting!” wrote Josee Noel. “They don’t want their butts, as if we do! Time to ban them, everywhere! What about our rights? Nature’s? Toxicity off the charts!”

Ms Mason, known online as Karen Catbird, was inundated with requests from the world’s media to reproduce her photos. “Whatever helps to get people to think before they toss,” she said.

She explained that the birds feed by skimming along the water with their beaks open. “They don’t see what they are getting. This parent must have latched on to a butt in the shallow water,” she wrote.

“People won’t go anywhere without a way to carry their cell phone but they apparently don’t want to be bothered with carrying something small enough for their butts.”

Liette Ricard pointed out discarding butts does not just hurt animals and environments, it can start forest fires too.

Hilarious photo shows a magpie taking VERY keen interest in a game of Scrabble

The moment a magpie appeared to be taking a keen interest in a game of Scrabble has been captured on camera.

The bird was spotted sitting next to a Scrabble dictionary and game board on a patio table.

The picture was taken outside an Australian home on Saturday afternoon.

The bird’s picture was posted to Reddit, where it attracted attention of hundreds.

‘He’s missing that triple word score,’ one person said. 

‘Well read birds. The mag in magpie stands for magazine after all,’ a second person said.

‘Magpies seem like the type to have the dictionary sitting next to them throughout the game,’ said a third person said. 

‘Magpies are so smart and seem to have a sense of humour and I really like them,’ yet another wrote.