Prince Charles has drawn attention to the ‘barbaric slaughter’ of song birds which occurs in Cyprus during the migration season (1). Although blackcaps are a traditional delicacy on Cyprus – … Continue Reading Mediterranean song bird slaughter
Bocage’s Wall Lizard (Podarcis bocagei), is another lizard which is endemic to (only found there in) the northwestern Iberian Peninsula. The adult males and females are sexually dichromatic – meaning … Continue Reading Bocage’s wall lizards turn green when mated
I knocked tentatively on the door. “Come in, come in” said the voice. I noticed the faded sign saying ‘GOD’ in large gold lettering. “Don’t be shy; what can I … Continue Reading A story
Schreiber’s green lizard (latin name Lacerta schreiberi) is only found in the northwestern part of the Iberian Peninsula: that is in both central/northern Portugal and northwest Spain. There are also some … Continue Reading Schreiber’s green lizard – going blue in the face!
“It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling … Continue Reading A tangled bank or two
I have been trying to identify this lovely little blue flower which I see all the time when in Galicia, Spain. At first I decided it was Scrambling Gromwell (Lithodora … Continue Reading Little blue Spanish belle
Broomrapes, or broom-rapes, are parasitic plants which grow on the roots of other plants, such as ivy, vetch or clover. They are native to temperate regions in the northern hemisphere … Continue Reading Broomrapes are funny plants
I was first attracted to these insects by the dancing patterns on the river bottom as I walked along the Rio Sor (of which more in another blog) in Galicia, … Continue Reading Pond skaters on the Rio Sor
Some of the most beautiful colour patterns in nature are in fact, warnings. The yellow and black colouration of the wasp is a classic example. Another appealing combination of colours … Continue Reading Don’t eat me: I’m poisonous!
The Tawny Mime (Papilio agestor Gray, 1831) is a tropical papilionid butterfly with a wide distribution, from Pakistan across northern India, Nepal and Bhutan and down through Myanmar into south-east … Continue Reading The Tawny mime is a mimic!
Views from the top of the mountain.
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!