Dinosaur of the week: Eurasian Jay


This Garrulus glandarius was looking for food on a meadow in Oxford, England, UK, Europe. The species, unlike some Homo sapiens on the island, can plan for the future.

Dangers to these birds are the daft who use their feathers for fishing or decoration. On top of, that there are the silly who persecute them because of their natural habit of feeding onĀ  newly hatched birds of other species.


Dinosaur of the week: Southern Rockhopper Penguin

rockhopper penguin

This Eudyptes chrysocome was breeding on West Point Island in the Falkland Islands in 2014. Seeing the colony was fantastic – a great mix of Rockhopper Penguins and Black-browed Albatrosses.

Rockhopper taxonomy is tricky. Some scientist distinguish between three species while others see three subspecies. However, all of them are in decline.

Souther Rockhoppers are classified as vulnerable on the Red List. The main threat is the climate crisis because the penguins need cold waters and the oceans are heating up. On top of that, oil pollution and hydrocarbon is a threat (https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22735250/132664584#threats).


Dinosaur of the week: Sooty Gull

sooty gull

This flock of Ichthyaetus hemprichii was on a beach on the island of Masirah in Oman. I saw them a few years ago. The species is least concern on the Red List but numbers are decreasing.

Main threats are oil and gas drilling, industrial and military effluents and egg collection. The sooner we humans stop using fossil fuels the better for the whole planet. (https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22694303/132539775#threats)