Generally, the species is doing alright, but threats include the continued loss of wetlands, collisions with overhead power lines, use of persistent pesticides (such as DDT) to combat locusts in Africa, and largely illegal hunting on migration routes and wintering grounds. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_stork#Conservation
Close to home in Oran is a scrubland where Galerida cristata can be seen and heard on a regular basis. At the moment, the species isn’t facing extinction (yet), but the overall numbers are in decline.
Podiceps nigricollis spends its winter on salty lakes and coastal areas, and this is exactly where I found this adult in its non-breeding plumage: the lagoon of Venice. Urban birding rocks!
If anyone has a good idea how to take photos of birds moving up and down on waves and not to lose focus on the target, please tell me 🙂 .
This is a Merops orientalis (probably subspecies muscatensis) which I saw in Oman some years ago. Back then, I had a compact camera, and this photo was taken with a 93mm zoom. Bee-eaters actually eat a variety of insects, not only bees.