Dinosaur of the week: Smew

smew

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.

Dinosaur of the week: Grey Heron

grey heron

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.

Dinosaur of the week: Eurasian Jay

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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 on  newly hatched birds of other species.