Hilary Miller

I’m on a break… - Chicken or Egg

Apr 07, 2011

Regular readers of this blog (I’m assuming here I have some) will have noticed a distinct lack of action round these parts lately.  Rest assured I’m still here, but busy with analysing more data than I know what to do with, a paid writing gig, and running around after a fast-crawling toddler.  Which unfortunately leaves little […]

RIP Richard Henry - Chicken or Egg

Jan 14, 2011

From Codfish Island this morning comes the sad news of the death of Richard Henry, the last remaining Fiordland kakapo.  Richard Henry was captured in Fiordland in 1975, at a time when kakapo were thought to be virtually extinct.  All other kakapo currently living are descended from birds discovered on Stewart Island in 1977.  A […]

Great wildlife photography - Chicken or Egg

Nov 18, 2010

Some fantastic wildlife snaps from the winners of the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (the humingbird is my favourite) http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/gallery/2010/nov/17/gdt-wildlife-photography#/?picture=368699851&index=0

The weird ways of reptile reproduction - Chicken or Egg

Nov 04, 2010

Two studies on reproduction in reptiles have made me go “wow, thats cool” this week. Firstly, the report of a boa constrictor giving birth to two litters of offspring without the need for a father.  This sort of “virgin birth” is called parthenogenesis, and is not that uncommon in itself, having been previously observed in […]

Tuatara tuesday — Spring fever - Chicken or Egg

Oct 12, 2010

I haven’t had much time for writing this week, so instead I thought I’d share this photo as a reminder to my New Zealand readers that it is actually spring, even though it doesn’t feel like it!    

Don’t forget to vote! - Chicken or Egg

Oct 10, 2010

No, not for your local government (you’re too late for that).  For New Zealand’s Bird of the Year, of course! Apparently the pukeko is out in front. Come on people, can’t we at least chose something endemic? A species that we don’t share with Australia and numerous other countries??  There’s plenty to chose from – [...]

A falcon’s eye view of flight - Chicken or Egg

Sep 27, 2010

This video has been doing the rounds, and its so cool I just have to post it here.  The video shows the amazing maneuverability and speed of birds of prey in flight, thanks to “on bird” cameras mounted on a peregrine falcon and a goshawk. hat-tip: Ars technica