A few weeks ago I spent a handful of days in the south of France. This Phoenicopterus roseus and its hundreds of kin were foraging in the Parc Ornithologique Pont de Gau near Montpellier. The species is threatened by pollution in the water and shriking wetlands.
I think Half-Earth is such a wonderful idea. Homo sapiens should stay in restricted areas and be limited in numbers (birthcontrol), and all the millions of other species get back their space.
This Polemaetus bellicosus sat on a tree in Kruger Park, back in 2010. The species is classified as vulnerable and decreasing in numbers because of shooting, trapping, poisoning, electrocution and habitat loss.
Admire the feet of Fulica atra. The species suffers from several threads: hunting, wetland drainage, oil pollution, and drowning in fishing nets, to name but a few. Biggest enemy: Homo sapiens. This one though was fairly safe in Regent’s Park, London.
This 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.
This male Sylvia melanocephala had made his home in the shrubs in the forest of Canastel just east of Oran. As you can see, the species is insectivorous.
Motacilla alba can be found in many places on this planet and it appears to do OK as a species, but it is thought that climate change is going to affect its migration. This individual was foraging on the bank of the river Danube in Slovakia.
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!