Thursday, 26 February 2015

Busy Honey Bee

Today the sun was shining down the beach and this lone Honey Bee was busy collecting pollen from some of the rocket plants that had gone to seed, here in Turkey.  You can see the Honey Bees legs are already laden with pollen.

Buttercup

A lone Buttercup (Ranunculus) plant flowering in the February sunshine down at the beach today, here in Turkey.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

First Signs of Spring Here In Turkey

A couple of days ago I was out with my camera capturing some of the first signs of spring.  Today we are being battered with some particularly cold blustery wind after snow fell yesterday around the Aegean Coast of Turkey.

The Almond was looking particularly beautiful against the backdrop of the blue sky, and the insects were having a field day buzzing around collecting nectar.


This Japanese Quince bush was looking like the plant was struggling, however it had still managed to push out some lovely looking blooms.


I think this was a female Chaffinch having a stretch.


The bright yellow of the Primrose Jasmine looks striking in the spring sunshine.


A Pied Wagtail on a mission hunting out bugs for lunch.


25th February - After a couple of weeks of more cold, miserable weather I managed to get out with my camera again today and found some more signs of spring.

The Skimmia Japonica bushes are still flush with bright red berries.  These plants are native to China, Japan and South East Asia.  The female plants produce the berries after they have flowered.


Some beautiful Cherry Blossom, still hanging in there after some very cold winds and rain.


Today was the first time I had noticed baby Pine Cones growing in a Pine Tree, they were only about the size of a Walnut.


Growing along side the baby Pine Cones were the flowers of the Pine Trees, swelling up nicely to disperse their pollen later in the spring.  For the first few years that we lived in Turkey we could not work out where all the fine green dust was coming from that covers everywhere outside during the late spring.  The one day while we sat in the garden having a coffee, we noticed as the wind blew, a plume of fine green dust coming from the flowers of the Pine Tree.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

A Peregrine Falcon Flying Over The Garden

I just about managed to get this shot of a Peregrine Falcon flying over head today, it is not brilliant as I was way beyond the extent of my lens and the bird was travelling quite fast.  I have seen a few birds of prey flying over the valley in front of the house here in Turkey, but very few come close enough to get a decent shot to identify them.


The Peregrine Falcon is a bird of prey, about the size of a Crow and is widespread throughout the world.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The Little Owl Strut

It was another cold, windy, day today, Little Owl was sitting on its favourite window sill in the sunshine.  At one point it looked like it was having a dance with some fancy footwork, trying to preen your feathers when it is windy is not easy.




Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Not a Happy Little Owl

After a cold snap a few weeks ago, here in Turkey, that was reported to be the coldest in 50 years! and then a couple of weeks of mild weather, some more snow falling here on the Aegean Coast of Turkey over the last couple of days has been a bit of a shock to the system.  The Little Owl seemed particularly unhappy at the blustery freezing cold wind blowing him about on one of his favourite perches today.




Our friends like having a resident Littie Owl at their house, but they are not to keen on it using it as a toilet!!!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

How Many Gulls Are There?

How many gulls can you get on one pier?  This pier on Long Beach along the coast of Kuşadası on the Aegean Coast of Turkey has become a favourite spot for the Gulls to take a rest and soak up the winter sunshine.  I love the way they are all facing the same direction. I think most of them are the Herring Gull.


One moves and they all take flight.....


.... but then they all settled down again.


There always has to be one that wants to be the leader!