Imagine how many millions of years this bird has existed on the planet. This is the first picture of of it, but even as we become aware of its existence, species like this are becoming severely threatened by loss of habitat. Mankind is commandeering most of the world for ourselves. But what right do we have to take most of the planet’s resources? What about all these other creatures being marginalised and squeezed out of existence by our rapacious greed. Don’t they have as much right to thrive and prosper as we do? Who will speak up and stand up for them?
I am a retired entomologist with a background in quarantine pests and invasive invertebrates. I studied zoology at Imperial College (University of London) and did a PhD on the population dynamics of a cereal aphid (Metopolophium dirhodum) in the UK. I spent 5 years with the British Antarctic Survey studing cold hardiness of Antarctic invertebates and 17 years with the Food and Environment Research Agency. My main interests now are natural history, photography, painting and bird watching.