Dinosaur of the week: Woodchat Shrike

woodchat shrikeThis Lanius senator was looking for food in an olive groove in Tafraoui near Oran. The species is in decline because of intense agriculture and thus habitat and food loss, and herbicide and pesticide use and thus more loss of food.

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Dinosaur of the week: Western Marsh Harrier

marsh harrier

This Circus aeruginosus was flying over the reeds of Otmoor, an RSPB reserve. The species is facing threats like shooting and in Otmoor in particular habitat loss because some nitwits want to build another road in the area. If you’re like me not happy with this and you live in the UK or are a Brit, please consider signing this petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/217244 Thank you!

Dinosaur of the week: Pallid Swift

Pallid Swift

Having a swift around is a sure sign summer is coming, and I was amazed last week to wake up and to find the skies above our quarter of Oran filled with both Common Swift and Apus pallidus. They are tricky to tell apart, and tricky to take photos of – so my thanks to the people on birdforum.net who helped me out with identifying my terrible shots.

Dinosaur of the week: Black-browed Albatross

black-browed albatross

Thalassarche melanophris lives circumpolar in the southern oceans. I saw these two and their colony on West Point Island in the Falklands.

The numbers of the black-browed mollymawk are decreasing, and the species is labelled Nearly Threatened. Longline fishing kills the birds as does trawl fishing, and of course plastic intake kills too.