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)

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: Lappet-faced Vulture

lappet-faced-vultureThis solitary Torgos tracheliotos was soaring high above Wadi Bani Khalid in Oman. Solitary for two reasons: firstly, this endangered species doesn’t live in big groups like other vultures. Secondly, and you may have guessed it, their numbers are in decline because of human intervention.