It was a few years ago on Loch Morlich in Scotland where I encountered what I think is a female Spatula querquedula. The species is listed as least concern on the Red List, but numbers are in decline and threats are aplenty:
- habitat deterioration and destruction (dam building, irrigation)
- destruction of nests through meadow mowing
- lead poisoning
- hunting (eg in France)
A male and female Mergellus albellus were taking a nap at Regents Park, London. The number of the birds are decreasing, among other things because of logging of mature trees along rivers and river canalisation.
There are about 10 000 species of modern-day dinosaurs extant and this week’s number 151 is Macronectes giganteus which I saw while crossing the Drake Passage from Antarctica to South America. The birds are endangered by fishing, both long-line and trawl.
I find Ardea cinerea fascinating. If you’ve ever watched one hunting you might understand why. This particular bird was finding food on the outskirts of Oxford.
On the other hand, their hunting skills are why the birds are persecuted in some areas. Another danger to them is the cutting of trees because they build their nests high up and they nest in colonies, so many birds are affected.