Dinosaur of the week: Brown Shrike

brown shrike

In Khao Lak, Thailand, I saw this Lanius cristatus a few years ago. The current population trend is decreasing. Why? We don’t know exactly, but the species feeds on insects.

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Dinosaur of the week: Common Ringed Plover

plover

Small birds and waders are tricky to catch, and small wading birds in full camouflage even more so. I almost overlooked this Charadrius hiaticula which I encountered around sunset some years ago on the west coast of Scotland.

Among other issues this migratory species is threatened by petroleum pollution and wetland drainage for irrigation. We really need to get on with the Half-Earth project and population control of Homo sapiens.