Bounty Island shags video


This 1 May 2020 video says about itself:

Bounty Island shag – New Zealand Bird of the Week

Living only on a small group of islands, Bounty Island shags are a rare species, with a population likely under 1,000, and as such, are vulnerable. Nonetheless, they are remarkable birds, and they still manage to survive in a world of competition. I hope you enjoy.

Disoriented Baillon’s crake freed in Malta


This 2 May 2020 video from Malta says about itself:

Disoriented Baillon’s Crake released back into the wild

Occasionally we are called to recover birds in strange circumstances. Bird migration can be a stressful experience for many birds, especially when along their way they find cities, buildings and man-made structures which at times renders their lives more difficult. Many birds, such as crakes and moorhens, prefer to migrate through the night to avoid being caught by predators, and it is often the case they end up in the middle of our urban areas completely disoriented, especially with light pollution.

This Baillon’s Crake (Maltese name: Gallozz tal-Faxxi) is one of such birds we have recovered during this spring migration, after it was found within the courtyard of a residence in Paola. Luckily the person who found this bird did recognise this is a wild bird which does not belong in a courtyard and called upon us to retrieve it. After a quick check by the vets, the bird was actually found to be in a fit condition so it was just a matter of it being ringed and released in a more suitable wetland habitat such as that of Għadira Nature Reserve.

Given their cryptic nature of hiding in vegetation and the fact that they migrate night, Baillon’s Crakes are hard to spot and we are uncertain of how many of them migrate through the Maltese Islands. It was a sure honour for us to return this healthy yet disoriented bird back to nature – definitely one we don’t get to see that often.

Footage by BirdLife Malta. Editing by Nathaniel Attard.

Brazilian footballers, die, far-right President Bolsonaro says


This 30 April 2020 video says about itself:

‘So what’? Bolsonaro‘s response to coronavirus deaths riles Brazilians

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro angered many in Brazil after he answered questions about the country’s death toll from Covid-19 by saying: ‘so what?’. This week, Brazil‘s coronavirus death toll topped 5,000 and there are more than 73,000 confirmed cases reported.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 1 May 2020:

Jair Bolsonaro: Football can return because players have a ‘small chance of dying’ from Covid-19

BRAZIL’S right-wing President, Jair Bolsonaro, wants to see football competitions start back up again soon despite the country’s high number of coronavirus cases, arguing on Thursday that players are less likely to die from Covid-19 because of their physical fitness.

Bolsonaro is one of the few world leaders still downplaying the serious risks brought by the pandemic, which he has likened to “a little flu“.

Most football tournaments in Brazil were suspended on March 15. The Brazilian championship was scheduled to begin in May, but that looks unlikely as the country has become Latin America’s coronavirus epicentre with more than 5,900 deaths.