This Upupa epops is our neighbour in Oran. ‘The species is declining throughout its range as a result of habitat destruction and over-hunting‘ (http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22682655/0) but I’m glad that there seem to be a few others to keep our friend company.
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.
This Himantopus himantopus was looking for food in Neusiedler See, Austria. I’ve only ever seen them in that area, but apparently the species is doing OK.
This male Fringilla coelebs was looking for food under the tables in a pub near Oxford. The species is mostly doing alright, apart from the subspecies on the Canary Islands which suffers from habitat loss.
II saw this Coracias benghalensis (subspecies affinis) in Ayutthaya, Thailand. The good news: this species is doing well, and numbers seem to be increasing.
These beautiful Terathopius ecaudatus were doing their morning preening in Kruger Park when I spotted them.
This near-threatened eagle species is in danger because of habitat loss, poisoning, pesticides and trapping for international trade.
I saw this Spinus barbatus on Carcass Island. The species seems to be alright and one of the few lucky ones which isn’t threatened.