Dinosaur of the week: Upland Goose

upland goose

This flock of Chloephaga picta was strolling along a beach on Carcass Island, Falklands a handful of years back. The white one isĀ  the male, the others are females. The birds are monogamous and their numbers are in decline.

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Dinosaur of the week: Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture

Neophron percnopterus is an endangered species. Oman, where I saw this individual, seems to be the only place where the birds are not dropping in their numbers (yet).

The list of dangers is incredibly long and includes poisoning, antibiotics in lifestock, electrocution, collisions with wind turbines, reduced food availability and habitat loss.

For more info, head to http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22695180/0.

Dinosaur of the week: Little Owl

owl

I’ve rarely spotted any wild owls throughout the years, and although Athene noctua has been quite audible since we came to Algeria we only saw them first late this summer.

http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22689328/0 lists the major threats to the species:

  • habitat changes, including the loss of suitable nest-sites
  • the use of pesticides
  • a reduction of prey items such as voles and earthworms through industrialised farming practices
  • agricultural intensification
  • ground clearance
  • excessive use of toxic chemicals
  • road traffic deaths
  • loss of nest holes from the felling of old hollow trees and the restoration of old buildings
  • severe winters

Algeria – World Cleanup Day

We were not an official team for World Cleanup Day because the person I had contacted, well, didn’t seem to care much about cleaning away all the rubbish or to actually be involved. So my husband, some friends and I went out into the forest next to where we live to do our bit (which we do pretty much every weekend anyway).

We spent about two hours cleaning away plastic bottles and bottle tops, wrappers, wet wipes and vast quantities of styrofoam. We were seven to begin with, but some members of the public decided to join us on the spot and helped to collect rubbish and to carry it out of the forest.

The photos are maybe a bit odd because it was overcast, late in the afternoon and I wore gloves. But anyway, we had fun and did something good.