There are about 10 000 species of modern-day dinosaurs extant and this week’s number 151 is Macronectes giganteus which I saw while crossing the Drake Passage from Antarctica to South America. The birds are endangered by fishing, both long-line and trawl.
I find Ardea cinerea fascinating. If you’ve ever watched one hunting you might understand why. This particular bird was finding food on the outskirts of Oxford.
On the other hand, their hunting skills are why the birds are persecuted in some areas. Another danger to them is the cutting of trees because they build their nests high up and they nest in colonies, so many birds are affected.
This Parus major was catching insects in the WWT wetland in London a couple of years back. Fewer insects mean fewer birds.
This male Phoenicurus phoenicurus was in the pine trees in the forest near our home. According to the IUCN, this species may be subject to habitat degradation from pollution effects on forests in Europe.
This female Sylvia atricapilla has been a recent visitor to our garden. I hope she can find a male to produce some offspring. The species on the whole is apparently doing fine but because the male’s song is so beautiful they are sometimes trapped. They are also hunted around the Mediterranean.
These Apus apus were seen and heard in Slovakia, a couple of years ago. We have them here in Algeria too, but the flocks are always mixed in with Pallid Swift. As long as there are any swifts in the sky, it’s a proper one. However, according to the IUCN the ‘species is negatively impacted by building renovation, re-roofing or demolition which leads to a loss of nest sites.’ On top of that, swifts feed on insects so plummeting insect populations are bound to have an impact on the birds.
This Garrulus glandarius was looking for food on a meadow in Oxford, England, UK, Europe. The species, unlike some Homo sapiens on the island, can plan for the future.
Dangers to these birds are the daft who use their feathers for fishing or decoration. On top of, that there are the silly who persecute them because of their natural habit of feeding on newly hatched birds of other species.