Black-throated finch wins 2019 bird of the year with tawny frogmouth second

Highly endangered finch, which is under threat from the Adani Carmichael coalmine, harnessed support of conservationists The black-throated finch has been voted Australian bird of the year for 2019, beating the tawny frogmouthin a landslide. The highly endangered finch, which is under threat won the inaugural Guardian/BirdLife Australia 2017 bird of the year, slumped to fourth, with 2,725 votes, and the a sophisticated voter fraud operation in favour of the sulphur-crested cockatoo. Thousands of votes were added in minutes for the cockatoo all automated and from the same origin with other votes added to the finch and the rainbow lorikeet in an attempt to disguise the ruse. All fraudulent votes were promptly identified and removed. Drama also erupted on the …

‘I gave a blueberry facial to a vegan dog’: inside the pet pampering boom

From cat spas to dogs Fitbits, pets are more fussed over than ever. Whats behind the mini-me phenomenon? Jane Lawlor is giving me a tour of her Essex hotel. Most of our suites come with views of the pool or the rolling fields of the Brentwood countryside, and our evening turn-down service includes lighting flameless candles and leaving luxury pillow treats, she says, handing me a glass of champagne in the hotel bar, where velvet sofas face a wood-burning stove. Were all about relaxation and privacy here, so most guests like to eat in peace via room service, choosing anything from pan-crusted cod to lobster tail with caviar. And wait till you see the spa we offer the latest treatments …

David Severn’s best photograph: men hunting rabbits for beer

Theyre out on the site of the old Newstead Colliery. They do eat the rabbits they catch or trade them for beer. Thirty years ago, they would have been miners I started my postindustrial parts of England often focuses on deprivation, and its usually from the perspective of a concerned outsider. Thanks Maggie is semi-autobiographical my dad worked in the pits, as a shaftsman and I wanted to take photos that were more of a celebration of the people and places I grew up with. The project looks at different ways that people interact with this landscape. This is one of the first photos I took, of locals hunting rabbits on the site of the old Newstead Colliery. When I …