This male Pavo cristatus was at home on the grounds of Eggenberg Palace near Graz in Austria. The species originated on the Indian subcontinent but is spread worldwide now as ornamental birds in gardens or zoos. They are still being poached though for their meat and feathers.
This Corvus cornix was looking for food on the banks of the Danube in Austria where I saw it a couple of years ago. The species used to be seen as part of Corvus corone (Carrion crow) but was given full species status in 2002. Danger to the birds comes from gamekeepers and similar numpties who hunt them.
Aujourd’hui, j’apprends les mots animales: la grenouille et les têtards, le triton (n’est pas la lune de Neptune) et, l’abeille. Je sais, elle, ma belle-mère aime les animaux et les fleurs – joyeux anniversaire!