Purbita Saha

Purbita Saha

Purbita Saha is a reporter for Audubon Magazine whose conservation interests lie in bird and insect behavior. Her Twitter handle is @hahabita

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Published: 04/09/2014

Photographer Dennis Goodman gravitates toward birds. He loves to snap them during breeding season, when they are in their finest regalia. What drew him to the double-crested cormorant, however, was not its sooty plumage, but its hard emerald gaze. "It looked exactly like a jewel," says Goodman.

Goodman collected this shot in Naples, Florida. Yet his favorite location to photograph birds is Saint Augustine, which is in the northern part of the state. He says that the rookeries there are incomparable.

Published: 04/15/2014

Watch out for the wolf in sheep's clothing, they say. But what if the wolf doesn't just look like a sheep? What if it sounds like one as well?

Published: 04/22/2014

It was a two-for-one special: Alice Cahill got her photo of the day, while her subject got the catch of the day.

It all took place in Morro Bay, California, where Cahill was observing sea otters. When a double-crested cormorant flew in and started feeding, she changed the focus on her camera. She found the bird's bushy white eyebrows--feathery tufts that appear on a male cormorant's head during breeding season--especially endearing.

Published: 04/22/2014

Just because you love to hug trees, doesn't mean you have to chain yourself to one. There are many avenues for environmental activism. Audubon's Hummingbirds at Home and Cornell's YardMap network, prove that conservation can start right in the backyard. Here are a handful of citizen science projects that will feed your fascination with birds and rouse the environmental warrior in you.

Published: 05/01/2014

It's a scene that's all too familiar in the south of Wales: a quaint, tree-lined river, flooded by the blight of human innovation. In the past 30 years, the country underwent a major initiative to clean up the industrial waste that clogged its waterways. The hulking factories and coalfields have moved away from the riverbanks, and dippers and wagtails have returned to nest in the beech trees. Decades after the pollution was tamed, the rivers are wild and full of life again.

Published: 05/06/2014

Who can resist the candy-colored plumes and the pixie-like wings of a hummingbird? For Roger Levien, it wasn't about taking the quintessential shot of the bird's profile. His photograph features the back end of a broad-tailed hummingbird, with its feathers spread out like toes on a frog. Levien took the photo during a shoot arranged by the American Society of Media Photographers in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

Published: 05/06/2014

They say that people like to take things slow in Texas. But birds might be the exception to the rule.

Hector Astorga was scanning the grasslands of Santa Clara, Texas, when he set eyes on a greater roadrunner climbing up a raptor perch. The bird zipped up and down the stake a few times, before racing away into the flat distance. Astorga had set out to photograph birds of prey. But instead of finding a master aerialist, he caught an ace sprinter.

Published: 05/06/2014

It was the middle of July and most New Englanders were cooling off at the beach. Ted Ellis was also enjoying the surf, but in a different way. Rather than reclining on a lounge chair, Ellis was crouching upright and alert in a bird blind, snapping hundreds of photos of Atlantic puffins.

Published: 05/07/2014

Not even the crowing of a rooster could get most of us of bed. For Hector Astorga, all it took was the subtle hoots of a pair of great horned owls. After hearing the couple calling, Astorga set up a blind at his ranch in Santa Clara, Texas. Then he waited.

Published: 05/13/2014

Many brave men and women have defended this nation against tyranny and injustice. Animals, too, have served and defended our country in a number of different ways. On Memorial Day, when we honor those who died in the line of duty, we're highlighting the sacrifices made by a surprising array of animals.