Tadorna ferruginea is a rather special bird. In Buddhism, it’s sacred. The species is also nocturnal.
I saw this specimen at the Farmoor reservoir near Oxford – that’s really unusual. It’s quite likely the bird has gone feral, because the main area ranges from south-east Europe to Asia. The European population is in decline, mainly because of hunting.
This Pycnonotus barbatus lives in our garden in Oran. Every morning and evening we get a lovely concert. The species has many different names; this particular subspecies is also called North-west African Garden Bulbul.
Ahem, and the photo was actually taken by my husband (but under my directions).
This Burhinus vermiculatus and his/her big companion made their home in Hlane National Park in Swaziland. Many thanks to members of http://www.birdforum.net/forum.php for helping me with the ID.
In the Falkland Islands, there are about 10000 breeding pairs of Lophonetta specularioides specularioides. I rather like ducks, and this species has really striking eyes.
Psittacula krameri is also known as ring-necked parakeet, Kingston parakeet or Twickenham parakeet. The last two names signify that these birds not only live in tropical Africa and Asia, but also in London. I saw this one at Kew Gardens. It’s tricky to spot the birds among the foliage, but their calls can be heard even when the planes are flying over.
I saw my first Fratercula arctica back in 2002, and I fell in love with them! The ones pictured here were making home on the Faroe Islands, in 2006. Unfortunately, the species is classified as vulnerable – hunting, loss of food because of pollution and climate change, and tourists all causing problems.
Many thanks to the birders on http://www.birdforum.net for helping me with the identification of this Centropus burchellii. I saw this one perched on some shrubbery while on a tour through Kruger Park. Fun fact: this bird predates on other birds up to the size of a dove.