Dinosaur of the week: Brown Shrike

brown shrike

In Khao Lak, Thailand, I saw this Lanius cristatus a few years ago. The current population trend is decreasing. Why? We don’t know exactly, but the species feeds on insects.

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Dinosaur of the week: Pond Heron

pond-heron

We are entering the murky waters of Khao Lak in Thailand and the even murkier ones of heron taxonomy. This is a member of the Ardeola species, but apparently it is almost impossible to distuguish Ardeola speciosa (Javan pond heron) from Ardeola bacchus (Chinese pond heron) outside the breeding season. Their non-breeding ranges overlap, so take your pick.