Admire the feet of Fulica atra. The species suffers from several threads: hunting, wetland drainage, oil pollution, and drowning in fishing nets, to name but a few. Biggest enemy: Homo sapiens. This one though was fairly safe in Regent’s Park, London.
Earlier this year, I was extremely happy to ID this Acrocephalus schoenobaenus by ear. I also love the insect on the bird’s back, which I only discovered when after a day out at Otmoor I looked through my photos.
Emberiza schoeniclus is a bird I really like – the males are easy to identify and their song is simple but recognizable even for someone who has difficulties telling songs apart (like me). They need reedbeds to breed, so where there is a bit of proper wetland, there are the buntings. This one sang in the RSPB reserve in Otmoor earlier this year.