Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The end of birds?

Today I found in the news that migratory birds are killed by hunting with nets. Nothing new, some countries are known for that. Really scary is the amount of hunting in Egypt. On a 700 km corridor on the Egypt coastline, the birds are caught with nets up to 5 m high. The study reports that almost all 700 km are covered by nets and that the estimated amount of killed birds ranges by 10 million or more. To the hunted species belong warblers, red-backed shrike, quails, thrush nightingale and probably much more.
This is a link to an interview with Holger Schulz who was one of the persons that created the study (in German): Die 700 Kilometer lange Todesfalle am Mittelmeer.
This is another link to the study (in German): Vogelmord in Ägypten bedroht Zugvogelbestand.
Together with this study: The impact of free-ranging domestic cats on wildlife. That tries to show how many birds are killed by cats (it was a hot discussion of the impact in Germany or Middle Europe) and the situation in our cultural landscape; this is real danger for the bird population. The biodiversity of birds in Middle Europa is relative low and many species have decreasing numbers caused by the loss of biotopes and by farming. 

A successful homecomer, a blackcap in the Tennenloher Forst near Nuremberg.

He also survived a starling front of my home. 


  1. They should leave this tiny critters alone. I am thankful in my place nobody is stoning, shooting or netting birds. Right now I am planning to do some bird watchign somewehre I guess when the sun will come out and the weather warms up it would be my time to do bird watching. You have such a nice photos thanks for sharing.


  2. It's very distressing to read of practices like this. Once a species is gone its gone for good!

  3. A great post for the theme!
    Happy WBW!

  4. It is sad to loose any kind of bird or critters. Great shots of your birds.

  5. It is a shame that any little animals get hurt or killed. Your photos are really great. Thanks for the info.

  6. This sort of slaughter can only be inhibited by a United Nations ban but who has the access to the people in power to make that happen?Somehow reminiscent of Japan's indiscriminate whaling.

  7. It is very disturbing to read that birds are caught in this way.
    Cats are a tragedy for the birds, here in the Netherlands are incredibly many cats.
    Best regards, Irma

  8. Hello Christian,
    perfect star-shot, love the wonderful background!
    Wish you a nice day,

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  9. Beautiful little birds. It's sad to read about the nets.

  10. Thank you for raising awareness about this situation. Hopefully, we can all alert our lawmakers to help find a way to curb such practices.

    Love your Blackcap and Starling photos!


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