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but don’t forget this tip if you shoot Eurasian variety

Dove season begins in most of Texas on Sept. 1. That’s Tuesday this year. I’m personally in favor of kicking off the first major hunting season on Saturday, but Sept. 1 is the longstanding tradition and it doesn’t appear likely to change anytime soon.

The only change to seasons or regulations is a shuffling of dates that add five more October hunting days to the North and Central Dove Zones, the regions of most concern for Dallas area hunters. Canada Goose Jackets Those days are shaved off the winter dove season, when few North or Central Zone dove hunters are afield.

Dates for the North and Central Dove Zones are Sept. 1 to Oct. 24 and Dec. 18 to Jan. 1. The South Zone dove season is Sept. 18 to Oct. 21 and Dec. 18 to Jan. 22.

The dove season forecast is very good, as always. Though the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department dove program leader Shaun Oldenburger is still crunching numbers, it looks like the state’s overall mourning dove estimate is about 29 million and that’s considerably higher than the long term average of 24.7 million.

That’s just mourning doves, which are the dominant rural doves. Texas also has a healthy population of white winged doves (estimated at 6.6 million in 2014), which are more city oriented, and rapidly growing numbers of Eurasian collared doves (estimated at 2.8 million last year). Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a request by TPWD to extend dove season by an additional 20 days in the 2016 17 season.

Eurasian doves are considered an invasive species and are not protected as game birds. That means there is neither a bag limit nor any closed season for Eurasian doves. The limit remains 15 daily, in the aggregate, for mourning doves and/or white winged doves.

Hunters who take Eurasian doves in addition to native birds must remember that a game warden cannot differentiate between a cleaned Eurasian dove and a slightly smaller whitewing.

Leave a wing attached to the Eurasian dove carcass as a species identification marker and you’ll stay out of trouble with wardens.

Also abide by legal shooting hours, 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. Do an Internet search to determine official sunrise and sunset for where you hunt. Sunrise occurs nine minutes later in Abilene than in Dallas.

Oldenburger said range conditions are so good because of summer rains that doves are still nesting. That means a lot of immature doves in the early season bag.

Mike Hopkins, who has dove hunting leases from Denton County, said the Denton area is a challenge because of the timing of the milo crop harvest. The best spots, he said, are around wheat that was not harvested in June because of wet conditions. Most of the Denton County birds are white winged doves, traveling in large flocks.

“There are as many doves as I’ve ever seen around Eastland, Moran and Putnam,” Hopkins said. There are lots of sunflowers and croton available. It looks like hunters will have a great opening day in that area.”

Hunting outfitter Roy Wilson hunts around Hamlin, north of Abilene. He said the dove numbers in his area look good. http://www.canadagoosereview.top/ Good habitat conditions have the doves spread out more than usual, but farmers are now plowing up wheat fields that were too wet to harvest, and that should concentrate birds.

Wilson expects to mostly hunt in milo fields, which are abundant in his area. Dusty Greaves, who hunts in the Coleman area, said he’s got a few fields that are loaded with doves, but they’re not his usual hot spots.

“I expect a good season, but it is different than it’s been in the past and I’m sure it’s because of the rain,” said Greaves. “We’ve got some fields that have more quail than doves. The quail have really rebounded.”

Le temps froid, il est facile d’observer les oiseaux sans essayer

Vacances d’hiver sont faits pour les lecteurs de pays et des promenades et randonnées dans les parcs et les refuges, dont Virginia Beach a beaucoup.

Le temps froid et de la sauvagine aussi aller main dans la main et notre ville a aussi probablement plus de zones d’observation de la faune que la plupart des endroits dans le pays.

Chaque fois que vous allez au travail ou au supermarché, vous êtes apte à passer un plan d’eau où les canards et les oies attendent leur heure pour l’hiver. goose canada pas cher Gardez une paire de jumelles dans votre voiture et vous pouvez voir sites intéressants sans même essayer.

Au cours des prochains jours, vous pourriez aussi avoir le temps de sortir à certaines zones plus éloignées. Alors, habillez les enfants, prenez une caméra et la tête hors de “shoot” certains oiseaux aquatiques. Prenez des chapeaux et des gants, car il y a du vent et de l’humidité sur l’eau.

Knotts Island et ses marais sont partiellement à Virginia Beach et partiellement en Caroline du Nord. Il est une destination idéale pour la dernière partie de l’après-midi quand vous pouvez voir les oies des neiges de décantation dans le marais pour la nuit.

Continuez tout droit à travers Virginia Beach rural sur la princesse Anne Road jusqu’à ce que vous traversez la ligne d’état. Vous vous trouvez sur l’île Causeway Knotts, une route à deux voies à travers les marais de l’île Mackay National Wildlife Refuge. Regardez pour les petits canards, aigrettes et hérons le long des fossés.

Après avoir traversé un petit pont, gardez un œil sur le sentier Kuralt donnent sur le côté gauche de la route. Ce serait un après-midi d’hiver rare que vous n’avez pas entendu le brouhaha des oies des neiges dans la distance dès que tu es sorti de la voiture.

Du belvédère, vous pouvez généralement voir des milliers de ces oiseaux blancs purs avec bout des ailes noir retour dans les étangs des marais à l’ouest de la route. Tundra cygne avec leurs longs cous gracieux nager souvent dans Back Bay à l’est.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge à la fin de Sandpiper Road à Sandbridge est un autre paradis hivernal pour les oiseaux. Le long de la Bay Trail hors du parking, vous pouvez voir occupé peu parulines à croupion jaune. Ils sont tellement curieux qu’ils vont facilement venir à vos appels “pishing”.

La piste principale par les étangs qui sont gérés pour la sauvagine d’hivernage est fermé aux randonneurs pour protéger la sauvagine cette période de l’année, mais vous pouvez voir des canards et des oies d’un aveugle de visualisation, appelée fenêtre de Waller.

Marchez le sentier principal au sud de la porte fermée et tourner à droite. Bientôt, vous verrez les aveugles, qui est camouflé par des arbustes et vous aurez une fenêtre sur le monde de la sauvagine.

First Landing State Park est plus proche de la maison, mais a des sentiers pour de bonnes longues randonnées à travers les habitats tels que les étangs de cyprès où les arbres suintent de mousse espagnole et les forêts maritimes.

Long Creek Trail du parc est particulièrement bon pour observation de la sauvagine. Le sentier serpente vers le haut et vers le bas des dunes de sable secondaires le long de Long Creek, partie du bassin versant de la rivière Lynnhaven. Mignon canards Petit Garrot noir et blanc prennent des plongées en eaux profondes pour les poissons et bob back up comme des petits bouchons flottants.

Le faucon pèlerin nouvelles Après une période de ne pas voir le faucon pèlerin bord de l’océan, Reese Lukei a vu plusieurs fois récemment perché sur le signe Cavalier Hôtel. Deux fois, Gary Williamson a vu un faucon pèlerin perché dans le «H» de l’enseigne Cape Henry Towers sur Shore Drive.

Les séances de photos

Karen Beatty, qui a visité le Trail Kuralt donnent sur l’île Causeway Knotts, cassé une photo d’oies des neiges volant dans un énorme troupeau après avoir été effrayés par un avion volant à basse altitude de l’hélice. «Un bruit assourdissant pour dire le moins”, a déclaré Beatty. Elle a également vu un énorme troupeau de canards vermeils dans Back Bay sur le côté est du pont-jetée.

Renelle Maddrey a envoyé une photo d’un 4 pieds, se déplaçant lentement couleuvre que son mari perturbé tout en ratissant les feuilles dans leur cour Kings Grant. “Il est apparu à essayer de se réchauffer au soleil avant slithering se cacher à nouveau!” Maddrey dit.

Bud Ory, qui vit dans les Appartements Waterford sur le lac Smith, a envoyé une photo d’un grand canard brun foncé. http://www.gooseneckmag.top/ Il avait la même forme a un colvert, mais il était à peu près aussi gros comme une bernache du Canada. Bob McCausland a également envoyé des photos de cet étrange canard. Ory a également envoyé de belles photos d’une grande aigrette sur le lac Smith.

Verna Brainard, aussi connu comme la «Mère Nature», vous invite à garder vos mangeoires à colibris vers le haut. Dans son quartier Great Neck, certains colibris, au lieu de migrer sur leur chemin, semblent avoir réglé pendant un moment. «J’avoir au moins deux,” Brainard a écrit, “et mes voisins ont deux qui les visitent régulièrement et même avoir des noms.”

Bilila Lodge becomes Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

PR Newswire announced on 10 July 2012 that Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has signed a long term management agreement with the owners of Bilila Lodge, a resort in the Serengeti National Park, and is now operating the property, which will be upgraded and renamed Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania in fall 2012.

Four Seasons veteran James Kostecky has been appointed General Manager as the property transitions to Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. Most recently General Manager at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Thailand, he has previous experience in Kenya with a hotel group based in Nairobi.

“This is the first step in a bold development project that will see three diverse Four Seasons experiences in what are considered to be three of the most important and attractive destinations in Tanzania,” says Scott Woroch, executive vice president worldwide development at Four Seasons. “The responsibility of taking over such as irreplaceable asset within the Serengeti National Park is one that we take very seriously. This is an extremely rare opportunity for Four Seasons in that no other property of this size or scale exists, or is likely to ever be developed again in the Park. With the future development of a luxury tented safari camp in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and an exclusive beach resort on the island of Zanzibar, Four Seasons will offer some of the finest holiday experiences in Tanzania.”

The news was announced to us long time before it became official by owner Ali Albwardy from Albwardy Investment and co-owner Ong Beng Seng from Hotel Properties Limited during their visits at Onsea House and Machweo. We look forward to welcoming clients in Arusha before or after their stay at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti.

Mwendo plays Jazz at Machweo

Come for a moving experience at sunset and dinner.

MWENDO is a comprised of teachers and students from Tumaini University Makumira close to Arusha. For the past 6 years members have performed at all of the well-known local venues in Arusha with many local ex-patriot artists.

They have opened for Sandra Nkake (Cameroon/France) and performed as the local band for Maya Azucena (UN ambassador for music from U.S.). Members of MWENDO have performed with various ensembles in East Africa, the States, and Europe. They will be playing a variety of American jazz styles (swing, cool, be-bop, funk, fusion) for a “moving” experience (MWENDO).

Members performing from “sunset” (MACHWEO) onwards this Saturday night will be: Randy Stubbs on piano, David Seng’enge on guitar and Megan Stubbs on bass.

Machweo is the sister property of Onsea House, featuring the wellness retreat and fine dining restaurant. Book now your table on +255 787 112 498. There will be 2 sessions on Saturday, from 6:30-7:45 and as of 8:15-9:30 so be in time.

Next Jazz gigs at Machweo will be scheduled on Friday August 10, Saturday September 15 and Saturday October 20, 2012.

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Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson discovers Onsea House

We have the pleasure to have Donald Johanson among our guests, as expert in the National Geographic Expedition “Human Origins”. The whole expedition team has chosen to stay at Onsea House before they walk in the footsteps of early humans, from the highlands of the Great Rift Valley to the Eden of South Africa’s Western Cape, in the company of one of National Geographic’s top experts on human origins.

Donald Johanson has produced some of the field’s most groundbreaking discoveries, including the most widely known and thoroughly studied fossil of the 20th century, the 3.2-million-year-old “Lucy” skeleton.
Although the 20th century has been peppered with important early-human fossil finds, it was Johanson’s 1974 discovery in Ethiopia that added a crucial link, prompting major revisions in our understanding of human evolution. “Lucy” possesses an intriguing mixture of ape-like features such as a projecting face and small brain, but also characteristics we consider human, such as upright walking, marking an important step on the path to Homo sapiens.

In 1981, Johanson founded the Institute of Human Origins, a non-profit research institution devoted to the study of prehistory. In 1987, the IHO was given permission to conduct an expedition to Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, and found a partial skeleton, OH 62, which is generally attributed to Homo habilis. The discovery and description of this species is credited to both Mary and Louis Leakey, who also uncovered the tools and fossils of ancient hominines. Mary Leakey also discovered the Laetoli footprints. Members of their family staid also earlier at Onsea House to celebrate the anniversary of their discoveries.

Since 2010, National Geographic Expeditions selected Onsea House as top accommodation in Arusha. Check out the National Geographic Expeditons to Africa and ask for an upgrade to stay Onsea House or Machweo.

Karibu Fair Hosted Buyer Dinner & Fine Wine Tastings

The night before the opening of the Karibu 2012 Travel and Tourism Fair, the new Machweo Fine Dining restaurant welcomed the Karibu Fair hosted Buyer Dinner which included 17 International Safari agents looking for new property discoveries in Tanzania.

During the entire Fair, many agents and colleagues staid at Onsea House and Machweo and the evenings at the  restaurant were the talk of town. Both Friday, Saturday and Sunday were fully booked with too few space to accommodate all booking requests.

The highlight was the stay of the entire crew of one of our main wine suppliers including the Regional Business Manager (East Africa) of winemaker KWV and another wine expert  flown in from South Africa, who all joined the Fine Wine Tastings at Machweo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

KWV wines were among the biggest winners in the Winemakers’ Choice Diamond Awards. Leading the charge were the Paarl-producer’s premium Mentors wine range. Over the past few months alone, KWV The Mentors have featured in virtually every major wine competition. At the Veritas Awards, it was the range to garner the most recognition for KWV. Our favourite was KWV The Mentors Sémillon 2009, a refreshing experience in flavour. In the 1820s, the grape covered over 90 percent of South Africa‘s vineyards, where it was known as Wyndruif, meaning “wine grape”.  It was once considered to be the most planted grape in the world. Today, it accounts for just 1% of South African Cape vines.

Other connoisseur wines tasted and selected for our new winelist include the Hartenberg the Eleanor Chardonnay with its creamy citrus, nutty, mineral and elderflower flavours with a refreshing acidity (which proved to be great with langouste in tarragon lemon butter) and the The Meye Cabernet 2008 (which was fantastic with Axel’s Kenyan beef filet with béarnaise sauce).

After the meals, we tasted the KWV 10 year old brandy, recently awarded the Best Brandy in the World, which will as of now also feature our drinks list.

The “Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair” jointly organized by Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, Tanzania Tourist Board together with the Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism, is a three day International Travel and Tourism Fair which is held in Arusha. The Fair has grown into East Africa’s biggest tourism and is thé occassion for great food and wine at Onsea House.

The big cats of the Serengeti – Photographic Safari

The Big Cat Chronicles – join this exciting photographic tour to the Serengeti National Park in search of its famous big cats. Your professional photographer and Photo Tour Leader, Paul Joynson-Hicks, has lived in East Africa for the last 25 years and this is his favourite time of the year to explore northern Tanzania. Not only is it best for photography but it is also the quietest time of year in the north for tourists.

Paul Joynson-Hicks’ breath-taking images have won him international awards and he has also published 4 books on Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Saadani, including the renown “Tanzania Portrait of a Nation”, published in 1998 after travelling throughout Tanzania for a year. The book shows Tanzania’s massive geographical diversity and illustrates the many spectacular aspects of Tanzania. The very popular book is now in its third edition.

The 8 Day – 7 night photographic safari takes you to several of the camps of  Nomad Tanzania, one of East Africa’s original safari companies.  For the past 20 years Nomad Tanzania has owned and operated their outstanding small safari camps in three of the remotest corners of Tanzania.   Over the years they have built a reputation for quality that we are proud to be partnered with.

The Photo Safari starts with 1 night at Onsea House with rooms in the new Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining where you’ll have a chance to meet the rest of the group and Paul will take you through the plan for the week ahead.

Set departures in November 2012, January and March 2013.