Swamp Tours – Bird Watching in Louisiana

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Louisiana is renowned throughout the United States for its diverse ecosystem, which is home to a huge array of wildlife, including many different cranes, songbirds and various wading-water and shore birds. Swamp tours offer an opportunity for tourists and residents to encounter the native birds up close. Due to the nature of the wetlands, this is something that is ordinarily very difficult to achieve by hiking.

If you want to see the most variety of birds, then the best time to take swamp tours is in the winter or the spring. However, its worth noting that very few reptiles and amphibians will be active during the winter because they are unable to properly thermo regulate their body temperature. The majority of migratory birds will be present in the middle of the spring time in Louisiana, which is when you will be able to see the most color and activity. During spring migration, Barataria Bay, located in Louisiana, is estimated to have one of the densest concentrations of species.

Another good location for bird watching can be found in the southern part of the state where the Sabine Wildlife Refuge is located. Since there are over 120,000 acres inside the perimeter of the refuge, it may take several tries to find the species that youre looking for. Swamp tours are one of the only ways to navigate deep into the heart of the refuge, and its an excellent place to take pictures of Peregrine Falcons, among other predatory birds. Additionally, many people come to Louisiana to see the Wood Storks that migrate into the state during the winter months. Sabine Wildlife Refuge is also home to a many other native animals, including alligators, raccoons and 132 different species of fish.

If youre looking for a way to learn more about the native birds while taking swamp tours, then its a good idea to contact a local wildlife club before heading out. For example, the Crescent Bird Club in Louisiana is an excellent resource for discovering the best places to find specific birds at different times of the year. Additionally, the Orleans Audubon Society can help identify the birds that are photographed if you need help. The best way to keep track of the birds that are located is to bring along a pocket field guide. The ideal bird watching field guide will have color illustrations and photographs to accompany the species profile.

How to Enjoy Your Vacation In Amazon Peacock Bass Fishing

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The Amazon peacock bass fishing is renowned for its amazing fighting strength and beautiful exotic coloring. Their top water explosion-strikes have become legendary in the angling community and thousands of fishermen travel each year to challenge this exciting game fish.

A peacock bass is similar in shape to the large mouth bass, though it is definitely not a member of the large mouth bass family. In fact, these babies are part of the “cichlids” family, which includes more than 1,000 species worldwide and is well known to tropical fishermen. These fish pick out a vantage point that keeps them well hidden and ambush unsuspecting prey that happens by. They eat opportunistically and are gluttonous in their appetite. At this point, their similarity to large mouth bass ends.

Peacock bass are Cichlids, members of the most highly evolved group of fishes in the world. Hundreds of species exist in both the old and the new world and represent some of the most diverse fish in the underwater domain. Many, such as Oscars from South America and the mbuna from Africa, are among the most popular home aquarium fishes, while other species such as tilapia, and are farmed to provide food for our tables

There are surely plenty of new records still swimming in the vast, relatively unexplored waters of the Amazon. Tucumcari coloring and appearance is widely varied through its range and specimens from the same waters can often appear to be members of different species. All specimens have the trademark tail spot for which they are named, as well as black markings on the gill plates. Body color can vary from a dark brownish green through deep yellow to almost silver. Three black, vertical bars of varying size and intensity mark their sides and blood red runs along their bellies and colors their lower fins.

A common color variant, called “paca” displays dotted, horizontal white lines overlaying the pattern on their sides. (It is said that specimens with this color variation are even stronger and more tenacious than their brethren.) A second color variation has black connected splotches on the back and a horizontal black blotch along the belly. In some clear water fisheries, peacock’s fins are streaked with an unearthly electric blue. It’s hard to believe that a predatory fish as fierce as a peacock can also be so beautiful

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How To Stop Birds From Hitting Windows

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There are many reports every year all over the United States about birds hitting windows on homes and buildings repeatedly. In fact, in just the United States there are an estimated 900 million birds killed from hitting windows every year. Now that sounds like a lot, but if you think about it, that’s really only an average of about 2-3 birds per house each year, with many people reporting more than 3.

The reasons behind all this window striking is mainly due to the refection birds see when it is brighter outside than inside your house. This makes it very easy for them to see everything that is outside reflected in the glass like a mirror. There are even many instances where the birds see its own reflection and will feel the need to chase that other bird they see (this happens a lot during breading season).

Therefore, this is a topic discussed numerous times every year about the best solutions to get birds to stop doing this.

So, at this point I’m sure some readers have already done some of their own research about different answers to get this stopped. Some for example are:

Sticking decals on the glass
Move bird feeders farther away from the house
Hanging things down in front of their windows
Installing screens
Even replacing windows with a ones that reflect down or bird safe glass

As a result, these techniques can help, but do not always get the job done and can get expensive after trying one thing and then another. Also, I prefer my bird feeders to be somewhat close to my house, so I don’t have to use binoculars every time I want a better look at a bird I see at our feeders. So the easiest, and in my opinion the best solution to this problem is a feeder that mounts directly on the window. And the reason this works so well is because the birds can very clearly see the feeder on the window, and will fly to the feeder to eat then away from the house when finished eating (which the flying away from feeders is the most common window hitting). This is also a cheap way to fixing the problem with window bird feeders only costing $12 to $25 on average, and are great for getting a close view of birds while eating.

I hope this was helpful and that you are able to save more birds from hitting your windows. And for your convenience there is a great new bird supply store online that has amazing organized selections of everything bird watching related with some great deals on window bird feeders as well (please see my resources for more information).

The Best Fish Oil Comes From The Hoki Fish – The Healthiest Fish

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Hoki is a kind of fish coming from the Macruronus family. They are found off the coasts of Australia and pristine waters of New Zealand. It is also known as blue hake, whiptail hake, New Zealand whiting, whiptails, and blue grenadiers. These fish are found in the middle deep waters typically at the depth of around 300 to 600 meters.

The waters where these fish are found are some of purest waters you can find. They are out of the major shipping lanes and almost totally clean of any contaminants making the Hoki the purest contaminant free fish from which the best Omega 3 fish oil is taken.

This type of fish grows very quickly, increasing to a length of up to 120 centimeters or 47 inches. It has thick white flesh rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Also, these fish have few bones making it a perfect component of several dishes.

This fish is usually available frozen in the market. It can be eaten steamed, grilled, baked, and sauted so as to still keep the nutrients in the fish despite cooking. The flavor of hoki is mild and slightly sweet. Moreover, it matches well with a wide variety of vegetables, sauces, and herbs. Hoki is said to be the healthiest fish in the world because unlike the other healthy fishes like tuna and salmon, hoki is least vulnerable to be contaminated with mercury and dioxins compared to tuna and salmon.

Hoki provides nutrients that are important for the body including the omega-3 fatty acids. Its calories are estimated to 44.8 percent from carbohydrates, 37.6 percent from fat and 17.7 percent from protein. The serving size of hoki is 3 ounces or 1 and fish fillets. There are 190 calories per serving and 81 calories from the fat of the fish. The nutrition facts form the fish are as follows: 9 grams of total fat (13 percent daily value), 1.5 grams of saturated fat (7 percent daily value), 15 milligrams of cholesterol (5 percent daily value), 490 milligrams of sodium (20 percent daily value), 17 grams of total carbohydrate (5 percent daily value), and 8 grams of protein (16 percent daily value).

. A company in New Zealand uses a blend of fish oil from the Hoki and Tuna in their Omega 3 fish oil capsules. Omega 3 fish oil capsules have been found to be the easiest way to get your omega 3 fish oil/DHA and to be sure you are getting the proper dosage amount. Because of the pristine waters of New Zealand and the purification process of the fish oil you are more assured of getting pure, potent omega three fish oil/DHA.

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One Amazing Catch South American Peacock Bass

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The peacock bass is one of the most highly sought after freshwater game fish for those who like extreme angling; but you have to go all the way to South America to land one! Here are some of the basics about this truly remarkable fish.

The peacock bass is known as “pavon” by native Venezuelans, which is a loose translation of their word for “peacock.” It is definitely not a member of the bass family, however, and the jury’s still out on exactly how it gained that false designation. It may have been added to the fish’s name to attract North American fishermen to the Amazon in pursuit of a creature whose name was reminiscent of a fish they were familiar with! But no one really knows for sure.

The peacock bass was introduced to Americans in the late 1950’s, when accounts of this amazingly aggressive sporting fish started to travel northwards. Soon, eager anglers from the United States and Canada headed on adventures to the jungles of the Amazon to try and land a fish to remember and talk about for years to come. They were not disappointed.

The peacock is one of 1,600 different species of South American fish that are designated as cichlids. Cichlids are notoriously aggressive, and have even been known to devour the more well-known Amazonian predator, the piranha. The peacock’s basic body shape is similar to that of a largemouth bass (which may be another reason why it was misnamed a “bass”), and it has a large deeply set mouth. Like all cichlids, it is extremely aggressive and has a voracious appetite.
Its most amazing feature is its exotic coloration: green, blue, orange, and gold in various shades and degrees of intensity are one of the main things that really sets this fish apart from other, more duller-hued sporting fish.

Fishing for peacock bass is a freshwater experience unlike many others: there is nothing quite like the feel of getting a chomp on a line rather than a simple nibble or bite. Although the peacock rarely tops 25 lbs, its behavior and notorious attacking of lures is more reminiscent of a much bigger fish, and that’s what makes angling for it such great sport.

Besides the fun that comes naturally with fishing for such a challenging and aggressive adversary is the fact that you have to go to South America to do it! It is an adventure in itself to travel to the exotic jungles of the Amazon and navigate its mysterious waters in search of the peacock bass. Of course, anyone who wants to give it a try should definitely go with an experienced outfitter that knows where to go and how to find and land this amazing fish. It would be the thrill of a lifetime for any serious angler, and would supply him with “fish stories” for years to come.

Bird Watchingcaring For Birds In The Winter

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The needs of wild birds in the winter are different than their needs in warmer weather. Also, in the winter, birds may be arriving to feeders individually or in flocks. Consequently, their human friends need to provide birds with options.

Feeders should be placed near cover but in such a way that would allow birds to watch for danger. For ground feeding, one should find an area near cover but with a clear view of the surroundings so that danger can be spotted easily by the feeding birds. Feeders should be placed out of the wind. The east or southeast of the house is an ideal spot away from the wind. A perching spot such as a bush or tree should be found near the feeder. Trees and bushes provide safe refuge from the elements and predators.

To entice birds such as juncos, sparrows, brown thrashers and pheasants seeds can be put into a ground feeder. Even tree dwellers such as red=bellied woodpeckers will eat from ground feeders. Cardinals, chickadees, wrens, jays, and titmice prefer platform and hopper feeders. Because hanging feeders blow in the wind they are, generally, used by birds able to hang on while feeding such as finches, nuthatches, titmice and chickadees.

A great seed to offer during the winter is the sunflower seed. It has a high calorie per ounce. It, also, has a high fat and protein content and is thin shelled. The thin shell makes less of a mess when discarded by the birds.

Suet is great for feeding birds in the winter. It is a high-energy food with a pure fat substance which is invaluable for birds in the winter when insects are scarce and birds need more calories to keep their bodies warm. Suet can be fed in a variety of feeders ranging from suet cages to wooden feeders that offer protection from the elements.

Peanuts are another food that is good for birds in the winter. Peanuts have a high fat level and are often used in suet products. Peanuts provide a good source of protein for birds.

As at any other time, birds need to have a source of water. Bird baths are a great source for water and should be heated to prevent the whole bath from freezing. If bird bath de-icers are used, the bird baths should be able to stay out all winter with no problems.

Lastly, birds need some form of shelter in the winter to protect them from the elements and natural predators. Roosting boxes or natural covers are ideal. It is imperative to clean bird houses to help reduce the possibility of parasitic bugs that are able to survive the winter.

By following these simple, common-sense rules, anyone can see how rewarding bird watching can be, even in the winter.

World Warned To Prepare For Bird Flu

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Confronting the possibility of a potentially devastating human bird flu pandemic, the United Nations system from Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to the UN health and agricultural agencies today laid out a blueprint for immediate preventive and mitigating action.

We may not know about the future course of H5N1, we do know this: once human-to-human transmission has been established, we would have only a matter of weeks to lock down the spread before it spins out of control. That is why the international community must take action now.” Mr. Annan told the Time Global Health Summit, a three-day event in New York held to discuss key health issues.

In light of these concerns, and likely rationing of available flu vaccines, it is advisable that people also look at other areas which complement good health. In the United States, the average American diet is high in sodium, fat, sugar, and preservatives and low in nutrition. These are typically not the ingredients associated with the support of a healthy immune system. It is the beneficial components of food which feed the cells of the body and support the normal function which allows each cell the potential to restore, protect and defend itself from the effects of injury and disease. A poorly nourished body is less able to carry out these activities as the basic building blocks for cell function are in limited supply.

People should therefore seek to improve their dietary intake of beneficial sources of nutrition and limit their intake of the more commonly eaten foods which are known to be more harmful to the body than their unprocessed counterparts. Will the support of a healthy immune system ensure a perfect defense against invading flu virus particles? Certainly not. However, a healthy immune system may mean the difference between someone who contracts the flu and recovers quickly and someone who suffers greatly.

The most important factor in the improvement of any persons diet is to improve the quality and variety of food eaten. While dietary supplements may provide some excellent health benefits they are intended to supplement, not substitute, the benefits of a good diet.

What is Bird-Flu

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Over the past year, Bird Flu has been pasted on the headlines of every major media outlet in the nation. It seems like everybody is worried about it, but when I ask, no one can tell me exactly what it is. Is it as bad as everyone makes it out to be?

Bird flu which is also known as Avian flu, is a type of influenza that infects birds. The A type flu virus is most common in water fowl. Held in the intestine and then shed amongst other birds, the virus can spread rapidly, not affecting the host bird.

Although most common in water birds, domestic birds are susceptible to the Avian flu as well. According to the Center for Disease and Control, Domesticated birds may become infected with avian influenza virus through direct contact with infected waterfowl or other infected poultry, or through contact with surfaces (such as dirt or cages) or materials (such as water or feed) that have been contaminated with virus. People, vehicles, and other inanimate objects such as cages can be vectors for the spread of influenza virus from one farm to another. When this happens, avian influenza outbreaks can occur among poultry. Infection in humans occurs when direct contact is made with poultry or a contaminated surface. Symptoms for bird flu are the same as typical influenza including fever, sore throat, and body aches. Although the symptoms are the same as typical influenza, the affect of Avian flu can potentially be life threatening.

If you become infected with the Avian or are experiencing regular flu like symptoms, the Center for Disease and Control recommends that you consult your physician immediately. In this case, it is good to error on the side of caution than to leave a potentially fatal disease go untreated.

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Tube Bird Feeders Exclude Large Birds

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Tube bird feeders are given this name for the obvious reason; they are a tube shaped bird feeder that makes use of this unique design to offer a little something different to the birds that come to eat. The cylindrical shape makes it harder for a pest to latch on to it if they are going to try to steal seeds, or whatever it is you choose to feed, because they have nothing to grab onto. This means you lose less feed to the squirrels, chipmunks or other rodents who otherwise might see the bird feeder as a free meal. As well these kinds of feeders are more likely to bring you the smaller birds, so if you have a preference between smaller birds or larger birds that may be a deciding factor on whether you want this type of bird feeder or not.

Theses tube bird feeders can be a variety of sizes and so hold different amounts of food. But that is not why they attract the smaller birds as opposed to the larger ones. The reason for this is the size of the perches. These feeders tend to have perches up the sides of the tube which allow the birds to eat at different levels on the feeders. This is unlike the platform bird feeders where they all eat on the tray at the bottom. With these there is a tray to catch falling seed, but the birds can eat while sitting on a perch anywhere on the feeder. This means that you must keep the bird feeder full to allow the perches to be useful places for them to eat from. They can also eat from the tray, which may allow for some larger birds to hop on, but as very little will fall it is better to count on this type of bird feeder being for smaller birds.

Therefore if this is the type of bird feeder you want to use you will need to understand that you will not be seeing any jays, doves, cardinals, grackles or other large birds eating from it. If on the other hand you like chickadees, finches or nuthatches then you will be happy with this feeder. Tube bird feeders can hold a variety of birdseeds from the small Niger seeds to the much larger sunflower seeds. Check before you make your purchase because some will come with different sized holes for the use of certain types of seeds. You will also need to know what the birds in your area prefer to eat.

Simple Guide To Grilled Basa Fish

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Basa is a farm-raised fresh water fish. Basa fish is part of the catfish family. One of the benefits of basa fish it the lack of smell. Unlike other fishes you will not get that fishy smell after preparing basa fish. An even better benefit though is the delicate and mild taste.

Basa are native to the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam and Chao Phraya basin. The basa fish are important food resource with an international market. The basa fish has grown more popular in the western market the later years. It is now available in many supermarkets. Since the basa fish is an imported fish you will most often buy it frozen.

The way we grill basa fish is very similar to the way we grill fish like salmon. A good tip is to brush the fish with butter and add some spices to increase the taste. You can also use lemon or lime to give it a fresher and better taste.

After you have spiced it up and prepared it for the grill you should pack it in aluminum foil. Just take a sheet of aluminum foil and wrap it around the basa fish filet. You are now ready to grill the basa fish.

When it comes to how long you are supposed to grill the basa fish, people have different opinions. It all depend on how well grilled you want it to be. I typically grill on each side for 10 to 15 minutes or until it flakes. There is no need to turn the fish around all the time. Lay it on one side for 10 minutes and then turn it around for an aditional 10 minutes.

You now have a short guide for on how to grill basa fish. All you have to do now is get to the store and buy you some to get started.