Critically Endangered: Sociable Lapwing

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The official definition of CR status says the species could be gone within ten years, or could lose 80 per cent of its population within three generations – whichever comes first. Actually, despite the fact that central Asian steppes cover huge areas, Sociable Lapwings breed only around nomadic cattle herders’ settlements, which signifies that this species has evolved alongside wild ungulates, such as Blackbuck and Saiga antelopes, which kept the grass short. Gujarat, December 2010.

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We are Just Money Grubbers

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Out of just under 200 bird species I observed this year in SE Europe, there are 6 threatened species. For example, I simply cannot comprehend how such seemingly common species such as the Common Pochard (yes, for the third time, the common), still allowed for shooting in Serbia and many other countries, found its way into the Red List of Threatened Species. point to just one problem source, one over-abundant and highly invasive species – Homo sapiens.

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How to find the Ural Owl in Serbia

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The Ural Owl inhabits old and undisturbed boreal forests, in an unbroken belt from Sweden and Finland across Russia to Japan, and is rarely seen to the south, only here and there, in the Carpathians (Slovakia/Ukraine/Romania/eastern Serbia) and Dinaric Alps (Croatia/Bosnia/western Serbia).

Awkward Fostering

4 The Love Of Animals

Especially it is associated with dogs, which may raise kids of other species and even of scary and dangerous representatives of wildlife! Their biological mother was pretty weaken after the third delivery in a period of six months, but it does not mean that little kids are left without maternal custody – the shepherd takes care of them as they are her real babies; besides, one of the children is very interesting representative of tiger species – it was born without any stripes!

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The European Christmas Bird Count

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These globally threatened raptors breed from Ukraine eastward through Siberia and only a few come to overwinter here. Here in Serbia, in the south of the continent, this species is a proper rarity. Yet, in the early 19th century it seems to have been a regular species overwintering alongside other geese, but after 1840s, the next birds were recorded only in 1955.

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Caspian Gull: The continental gull

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Amongst all the species that were split off the Herring Gull, the Caspian Gull is my favourite one, and its existence alone is our fair reward for the identification crisis we had to endure during the dark ages of the 1990s.

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Some Yummy-scented Winter Birding

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The idea behind the visit was to read as many plastic leg rings as possible and among some 30,000 gulls, in three hours the four of us managed to read more than 40 rings, including some Caspian Gulls from Ukraine and to find the first European Herring Gull for Serbia (when I started birding, there were Herring Gulls all around, but two splits later, they are a rarity down here). Not so long ago, there was a question on this blog : which is the most interesting gull in the world?

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