Chaffinch, Sardinian warbler, bees, flowers in Extremadura, Spain


Chaffinch, Extremadura, 23 April 2016

Still 23 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain. After the bee-eaters, spotless starlings and rock sparrows of the morning, we went to the Garganta del Cubo stream. Above the valley, we saw this female chaffinch calling from a cork oak.

Cork oaks, 23 April 2016

More cork oaks.

Extremadura path, 23 April 2016

A blackbird flies across the path.

Gum rockrose, 23 April 2016

Gum rockrose flowers.

A Sardinian warbler sings.

A nightingale sings.

Beehives, 23 April 2016

Many beehives with many bees.

Fungus, 23 April 2016

A fungus. This species was present in many places along the path, also along the road at lower altitude. It did not seem to mind stony soil.

The introduction of Eucalyptus trees to Extremadura brought also Australian fungi.

White flowers, 23 April 2016

Next, beautiful white flowers, with a beautiful blue butterfly with folded wings on them.

Garganta del Cubo, 23 April 2016

After our arrival in the valley, and resting there a bit, we walk back.

Footpath, 23 April 2016

Sometimes, the footpath goes downwards, but mainly upwards.

A cinereous vulture flying.

Rosemary, 23 April 2016

Still, beautiful flowers. Like these rosemary ones.

Lavender, 23 April 2016

And this lavender one.

Poppies, other flowers, birds in Extremadura, Spain


Flowers near Trujillo, 21 April 2016

Still 21 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain. After the little owls and egrets of that day, we saw these poppies and other flowers near Trujillo town.

Flowers near Trujillo, Extremadura, 21 April 2016

Poppy, 21 April 2016

In a lakelet, two little grebes call. Also two mallards.

Dehesa, 21 April 2016

We continued to dehesa scenery.

Dehesa, Extremadura, 21 April 2016

In Huertas de la Magdalena village, a goldfinch singing on a TV antenna.

Trujillo, 21 April 2016

A bit further, one has a beautiful view of Trujillo.

Trujillo, on 21 April 2016

Flowers near Trujillo, on 21 April 2016

More flowers still.

Flowers near Trujillo, in Extremadura, 21 April 2016

Flowers near Trujillo, in Extremadura, Spain, 21 April 2016

A male stonechat on a wall.

Birds and wildflowers in Cornwall


This video from Britain says about itself:

Beautiful Birds Chirping in Wildflower Meadow

Filmed on May 6th 2016

Video Produced by Paul Dinning – Wildlife in Cornwall

Cinereous vulture and flowers in Extremadura, Spain


Flowers, 20 April 2016

After 19 April 2016 in Extremadura, Spain, came 20 April for us. We walked to the same river as on 18 April. Flowers everywhere.

Hollow-stemmed asphodel, 20 April 2016

Like these hollow-stemmed asphodel flowers.

Hollow-stemmed asphodel flowers, 20 April 2016

Flowers, Extremadura, 20 April 2016

A cinereous vulture flying overhead.

Corn bunting, crested lark songs.

We also hear a cuckoo. And a quail. And a bee-eater.

Two hoopoes flying.

Holly oak, 20 April 2016

A beautiful holly oak tree.

River, 20 April 2016

We reached the river. Much more water in it than two days ago, because of yesterday’s showers.

Then, the rain started again. Lots of rain.

Gum rockrose, 20 April 2016

As we walked back, we saw this gum rockrose flower.

Egyptian vulture, snake eagle in Extremadura, Spain


Crested larks, 18 April 2016

After earlier on 18 April 2016, we are on that day still in Extremadura, Spain. We go back, uphill from the river valley. Crested larks on the dirt road.

Egyptian vulture, 18 April 2016

An Egyptian vulture flying.

Egyptian vulture, on 18 April 2016

It flies closer to us.

A hoopoe calls.

Red sandspurry, 18 April 2016

Many red sandspurry flowers in the middle of the road.

Gum rockrose, 18 April 2016

Later, along the road, gum rockrose flowers.

In the dehesa behind a fence, a red deer.

Short-toed snake eagle, 18 April 2016

While we walk in the dehesa, a short-toed snake eagle flies past.

Jaraicejo church, 18 April 2016

In the distance, we see the church of Jaraicejo village already.

Common water-crowfoot, 18 April 2016

In a lakelet, common water-crowfoot flowers.

Holly oak flowering, 18 April 2016

A bit further, a holly oak flowering.

Flowers, threatened birds on murals


This 2014 video is from Lisse town in the Netherlands. Artist Judith van der Meer made a mural there, depicting flowers. Lisse is a center for bulb flower growing.

And this 2015 video shows Ms van der Meer making a mural depicting flowers and sports people in a tunnel in Teylingen local authority.

And this 2013 video shows Ms van der Meer making a mural depicting flowers, boats and other items at Sassenheim railway station.

Godwit mural

In April 2016, Ms van der Meer finished her mural at the Ridderspoortunnel in Leiden. The part on the photo depicts a black-tailed godwit. The red around the bird on the picture symbolizes that black-tailed godwits are a threatened species. The Ridderspoortunnel mural the biodiversity in the area. It also depicts a garganey, buttercup, green hawker dragonfly, smooth newt and a ruff.