It was rather cold and misty when I visited Doi Inthanon – the highest mountain in Thailand – in early November (08/11/2013). The mists were swirling around the mountain near … Continue Reading Views from the top of the mountain
Posting a few more photos of this lar or White-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar) from Chiang Mai Zoo. This gibbon must see hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of humans every day, so … Continue Reading More gibbon photos!
Chiang Mai zoo is a large (200-acre) zoo, just north of the University in Chiang Mai, on the Huay Kaew Road which leads up the mountain (Doi Sutep). Apart from … Continue Reading Chiang Mai Zoo
During a recent trip to Sarawak, I took a few photographs of dragonflies and damselflies. How to identify them? We live in a world where simply entering a species or … Continue Reading Identifying Odonata
Wood white butterflies in Spain. I took this photo with a small compact camera, which shows that you do not need expensive equipment to get close! It was only later … Continue Reading Fancy meeting you here!
Brown-headed gull (Larus brunnicephalus) is a migratory species, which in summer breeds in central Asia (mainly on the high Tibetian plateau), but in winter can be found on the coasts of … Continue Reading Brown-headed gulls at Bang Poo
Merendera montana (L.) is a small, autumn-flowering plant, largely endemic to the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal). It is a member of the lily family (Liliaceae) and is widespread and common … Continue Reading The lily and the voles
Zebra doves (Geopelia striata) are small ground doves found throughout South East Asia. They are commonly seen in parks and gardens where they walk about with a slow and purposeful … Continue Reading Zebra doves: an appreciation
Tree sparrows (Passer montanus) are rather special birds in the Family ‘little brown jobs’ (!), having declined drastically in numbers in the United Kingdom since the 1970s, most probably as … Continue Reading In praise of LBJs (Tree sparrows)
I chased this butterfly along a road in Chiang Mai Zoo, last November (2013). It eventually landed on a fallen log and I was able to get this picture of … Continue Reading Jacintha Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina)
The Ang Ka Nature Study trail is a ca. 360 mm wooden boardwalk near the top of Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand (2,565m), which was reportedly designed by … Continue Reading Ang Ka Nature Trail – Doi Inthanon
Potter wasps make beautifully crafted pot-shaped nests out of mud and saliva: nature’s own potters! They are solitary insects and lay one or more eggs inside the nests (or pots) … Continue Reading A potter wasp – Phimenes flavopictus
When we look at beautifully camouflaged insects, such as certain butterfly species which look so much like the leaves or vegetation of their environment, we sometimes forget that they are … Continue Reading Camouflage – in whose eyes?
Many butterflies we see happily flying around are not perfect specimens! Far from it; they often have chunks missing from their wings; presumably as a result of some lucky escape … Continue Reading Predation on butterflies