This Streptopelia turtur was making the typical gentle purring noises to find a mating partner when we saw him at the RSPB reserve, Otmoor, last week.
Turtle doves are classified as a vulnerable species. Main dangers are farming practices and hunting, in particular spring hunting in Malta.
We met this female Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis a few years ago in Kruger Park. The species apparently appeared in Egyptian hieroglyphs and might have been the origin of the myth of the Kongamato.
These two Urolestes melanoleucus are also called African long-tailed shrike. I saw them in Kruger National Park, and the tails still amaze me.
This group of Aythya fuligula was a bit of a surprise find, as this pool was quite shallow. Tufties like to feed diving.
What’s in a name? In German, this species is called ‘Reiherente’ which means ‘heron duck’. Someone must have had one beer too many.
Here we have a Halcyon albiventris. We found him/her perched on a tree in Kruger Park. There are lots of different species around the world, many of which are forest species and under threat from humans. However, this particular species is still classified in the group Least Concern.
A flock of Otis tarda is looking for food near the Austrian-Slovak border. The species is classified as vulnerable. Causes are intensive agriculture, humane disturbance, habitat destruction, pesticides, fertilizers etc.
A Falco tinnunculus seen hovering over a meadow in the WWF reservation in Marchegg, Austria.
If you haven’t watched Ken Loach’s film ‘Kes‘ yet, you really should do something about it.