Source: Om Mani Padme Hum – the sacred lotus
ओं मणिपद्मे हूं Om Mani Padme Hum (‘the gem of truth lies in the lotus’). The lotus is an extraordinary plant; beautiful and mysterious. Seeds of this plant were still viable … Continue Reading Om Mani Padme Hum – the sacred lotus
Source: Mollusc musings “It’s a lovely day” said the snail. “Yes” said the slug. “It’s been raining all day and everything is damp and wet”! “I think I’ll slide off … Continue Reading Mollusc musings
“It’s a lovely day” said the snail. “Yes” said the slug. “It’s been raining all day and everything is damp and wet”! “I think I’ll slide off for a bite … Continue Reading Mollusc musings
I came across this turnstone on the edge of the Ria Ortigueira. It was busily feeding – yes they really do turn over stones! – looking for invertebrates (insects, crustaceans, … Continue Reading A young turnstone
Source: Heron food The heron spent some time manoeuvring the fish into a position where it could be swallowed. The gunnel was presumably desperately trying to free itself from the grip … Continue Reading Heron food
I watched this Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) feeding in the Ria Ortigueira, Galicia, Spain,one evening this week. It suddenly picked up what looked like a ‘beakful’ of seaweed and … Continue Reading Heron food
Source: New gulls on the block! In Scarborough, learning to fend for yourself as a juvenile gull means knowing how to harass tourists into giving you a chip! Or squabbling … Continue Reading New gulls on the block!
I have watched the new Herring Gulls growing up this summer in Scarborough. Starting off as ugly ducklings (gullings!) on the roofs where they hatched out, waiting for their parents … Continue Reading New gulls on the block!