Birds - Black Robin: In 1980 there were only five of these birds left, with only one fertile female. Because of the work Don Merton did there’s a population of a couple of hundred of them, and since they live exclusively on these tiny islands off New Zealand, that’s a fairly decent population.
Notes: The Black Robin or Chatham Island Robin (Petroica traversi) is an endangered bird from the Chatham Islands off the east coast of New Zealand. It is closely related to the New Zealand Robin (P. australis). It was first described by Walter Buller in 1872. Unlike its mainland counterparts, its flight capacity is somewhat reduced. Evolution in the absence of mammalian predators made it vulnerable to introduced species such as cats and rats, and it became extinct on the main island of the Chatham group before 1871, being restricted to Little Mangere Island thereafter.
Birds - Papua New Guinea: Wilson’s Bird of Paradise. On a mission to become the first to document all 39 species of birds of paradise, the photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Ed Scholes have spent nearly a decade sleeping in tents and dangling from the rainforest canopy. Photograph: Tim Laman/National Geographic
This is the world’s biggest hornet (body length 50mm) and a very intimidating yet majestic subject. Unfortunately in Yunnan and elsewhere, the newly emerged adults are favoured medicinally soaked in alcohol and sometimes fried. Their huge nests full of larva and newly emerging adults are haggled over at the markets which is where I rescued this individual from. Each year in Japan, the human death toll caused by Asian Giant Hornet stings exceeds that of all other venomous and non-venomous wild animals combined, including wild bears and venomous snakes. (Wikipedia)