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2011-02-16 11:12:27
First photo prize - endangered or data deficient category (not enough information known to pinpoint the threat, although it is clear that the species are under threat of extinction): Asian crested ibis by Quan Min Li. A medium-sized water bird that once bred in Russia, Japan and China but suffered a major population crash. It is now restricted to Shaanxi province in central mainland China, where just 250 individuals survive, though the population is slowly increasing as a result of conservation action. The main reason for its decline is probably linked to the loss of suitable feeding grounds due to the change from rice-growing to dry wheat production.