Wednesday, 23 April 2014

European Bee-eater

It was so lovely to hear the sound of the Bee-eaters flying overhead again a couple of days ago.  I have not been in the right place with camera in hand yet, so am re sharing a previous post.

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I have an update to this post.  Yesterday evening I was fortunate, again from a distance, to see these lovely birds perched on some overhead cables.  Again I would have loved to have been able to get closer, but wanted to add these two shots to my continuing story on these lovely birds.



These lovely, colourful, loud, fast, birds have been teasing me for a couple of years now.  Our house is on one of their regular flight paths, but to try and capture them in a photo is really hard as they dart about really fast catching bees and insects and are always just beyond the range of my camera lens.  Today's encounter resulted in 54 photos to achieve the following 5 semi decent shots.  Ok they are not brilliant, but I was pleased to capture the different flight shapes.


These first three photos show an adult bird, identified by the point on its tail.



Where as the juvenile shown in this photo does not have the pointed tail.


You will often see Barn Swallows flying around with the Bee-eaters as you can see in this next photo, the Barn Swallow can be identified in flight by the black swept back wings and black tail against the light body.

Message from Mother Earth

This is such a simple but so relevant message, it saddens me to see how much rubbish is being discarded on the side of the road, in public places and on our beaches.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Wild Garlic - Allium Ursinum

Also known as Ramsoms, Buckrams, Broad-leaved Garlic, Wood Garlic, Bear Leek or Bears Garlic.  This plant is a relative of chives native to Europe and Asia.  It flowers in the spring and fills the air with the aroma of garlic. This plant was one of many growing in a raised bed that runs along the path at our local beach here in Turkey.

European Searocket - Cakile Maritima

This delicate plant growing on the our local beach, here in Turkey, is the Searocket.  It is an annual, succulent plant with flowers of four petals typically pale mauve to white.  It is widespread around Europe and in recent years has been introduced to many other parts of the world.


Saturday, 5 April 2014

Painted Lady - Vanessa Cardui

The Painted Butterfly or Cosmopolitan, is the most widespread of all butterflies, found everywhere except Antarctica and South America.  These were spotted flying around the wild flowers growing on our local beach here in Turkey.


Friday, 4 April 2014

White Tailed Bumble Bee - Bombus Lucorum

These Bumble Bees are widespread and common throughout Europe.  As well as their white bum, which unfortunately you cannot see on this picture, they have a broad band of yellow just behind their heads and then a second one lower down on their bodies.  This Bumble Bee is sitting on a carpet of Purple Ice Plant flowers.

Aeonium - Tree Houseleek

This beautiful plant belongs to a friend of ours here in Turkey.  It is a succulent, subtropical plant, native to the Canary Islands.  Its name comes from the ancient Greek 'aionos' meaning ageless.