I encountered this Gyps himalayensison the internet while classifying images taken by motion-activated camera-traps for the Camera CATalogue (part of Panthera) in the Zooniverse, a citizen science platform. That means, I didn’t take the photo and the rights are with the researchers who work on the project.
But I was so impressed by the bird and the picture I just had to learn a bit more. These vultures are among the biggest birds in the Himalayas and they are threatened by dead livestock which had been treated with diclofenac (an anti-inflammatory drug) when still alive. On top of that, they are being poisoned by pesticides, fungicides and herbicides and their habitat is shrinking.
Here’s to hoping that one day I’ll see a real one and take my own photo.
Admire the yellow feet of this Egretta garzetta 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.
This maleFringilla 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.