|A moribund Puffin. Look OK to you? Wrong. Puffins actually have a severe allergy to sandeels. Moments after I took this photo this bird crashed to the ground with fish-induced anaphylactic shock.|
|A Blackbird bathing. What's wrong with that you might ask? Hypothermia. Dead already.|
|I was worried for this Roller the moment I saw it. Can you see that its beak is open? That's only part of the reason. When it also flapped its wings, game over. Moribund, without hope. It had died by the next frame - all I got was a bare twig.|
|A moribund Kittiwake. Look's healthy, but isn't. The clue here is that it is flying around. Healthy Kittiwakes don't do this, they walk everywhere. A goner.|
|Another easy one. Moribund waders always flock together before dying. This is common to all species, but especially Knot. If you see a huge flock off Knot wheeling around over an estuary, it's time to leave. They won't be coming back.|
|OK, so this one is a bit of a trick question. This Great Snipe isn't actually moribund at all, but it showed all the signs. Go figure.|
From 'morior' - to die.ReplyDelete
From Proto-Indo-European *mer- (“to die”); cf. *mr̥-, *mr̥-to- (“death”). Cognate with Ancient Greek βροτός (brotos, “mortal”) (from an earlier form *μροτός (mrotos)), Proto-Germanic *murþaz (Old English morþ, English murder), Celtic *marwo- (Old Irish marb, Welsh marw (“died”)), Lithuanian mirti (“death”), Sanskrit मृत्यु (mṛtyú, “death”), Proto-Slavic *merti.