Admire the yellow feet of this
who was standing near a mooring station in Venice. The species is doing well overall, but numbers in Europe are in decline. Major threats are, you’ll have guessed, wetland degradation and contamination from agricultural and industrial operations. Egretta garzetta
A few weeks ago I spent a handful of days in the south of France. This
and its hundreds of kin were foraging in the Phoenicopterus roseus Parc Ornithologique Pont de Gau near Montpellier. The species is threatened by pollution in the water and shriking wetlands.
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.
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. Fringilla coelebs
These beautiful were doing their morning preening in Kruger Park when I spotted them. Terathopius ecaudatus
This near-threatened eagle species is in danger because of habitat loss, poisoning, pesticides and trapping for international trade.
lives circumpolar in the southern oceans. I saw these two and their colony on West Point Island in the Falklands. Thalassarche melanophris
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.
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On a recent walk through farmland near Oran, we came across this
(probably ssp. algeriensis). Shrike taxonomy is a minefield. Lanius excubitor
The birds have a varied diet but eat mostly large beetles – which are in decline because of pesticides and habitat loss. Hence the birds suffer.
Here are a male and a female
which I spotted some years ago in Ayutthaya in Thailand. The species is threatened by pet bird trade and habitat changes. Copsychus saularis
Thank you to the members of the Birdforum who helped with the ID.