Wren and wood pigeons


From the village window today: a male blackbird under the house-shaped feeder. A robin on the feeder (one of the nets hangs close to the feeder).

On the lawn: jackdaws. Wood pigeons. A chaffinch.

This is a wren video.

A wren under the feeder.

A jay on the lawn. a female blackbird.

A female great tit on the feeder, a male blackbird underneath. An Eurasian collared dove behind them.

Baby Javan rhino video


This video says about itself:

Video of Javan Rhino with male calf. Help protect this species by visiting www.JavanRhinoHope.org.

From Wildlife Extra:

Critically endangered Javan rhinos and calves captured on video

28/02/2011 15:15:49

With as few as 40 left on earth, WWF launches campaign to save one of the world’s rarest mammals

Dramatic new video footage of two critically endangered Javan rhinos and their calves has been released by WWF-Indonesia and Indonesia’s National Park Authority.

The footage, from a motion-activated video camera in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park, is a huge boost to efforts to save this almost extinct species that is threatened by poaching, disease, and the possibility of a tsunami or volcanic eruption.

“The videos are great news for Javan rhinos and prove that they are breeding in Ujung Kulon,” said Dr. Eric Dinerstein, chief scientist at WWF-US. He warned, however, that the survival of the species is still far from certain. “There are no Javan rhinos in captivity-if we lose the population in the wild, we’ve lost them all,” Dinerstein said, pointing out that an eruption by nearby volcano Anak Krakatau could easily wipe out all life on the peninsula where the rhinos are concentrated.

Just 40 left

The Javan rhino is possibly the rarest mammal on the planet with as few as 40 left. Once numerous throughout Southeast Asia, its population is now likely isolated to Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia. This small population size makes it extremely vulnerable to any threat, including poaching for its horn, which is traditionally believed to have medicinal properties.

These unusual images show a recent relocation by Save The Rhino Trust (SRT) of ten desert-adapted rhinos into a remote, wild pocket of Northern Namibia, known as Kaokoland. The rhino population there was poached out many years ago: here.

Down to 50, conservationists fight to save Javan Rhino from extinction: here.

WWF and the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) have confirmed the extinction of the Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus annamiticus) in Vietnam: here.

Nepal rhino census shows increase: here.

April 2011. The government of Nepal has announced an increase in the population of greater one horned rhinos. The National Rhino Census revealed a count of 534 rhinos in Nepal, marking an increase of 99 rhinos from the 435 recorded in 2008: here.

May 2011. In the last 2 weeks, 2 white rhino have been poached on the world famous Masai Mara reserve, despite the fact that they were allegedly under 24 hour surveillance. Somewhere in Africa, a rhino is being killed every day for its horns, and at that rate it will be just a few years before they are all gone. This is yet another incident in a disgustingly long line of similar brutal poaching atrocities: here.

May 2011. The number of rhinos poached so far this year has passed the 300 mark, and more and more reports of rhinos being killed pour in from across Africa. Unless someone somewhere does something soon, there will be few rhinos left. The only way that this savagery can be stopped is to kill the demand. However many poachers are caught, however many troops are deployed, it will make no difference unless the market for rhino horn is killed: here.