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.

The Hague Ockenburgh nature reserve, video


This 29 April 2016 video from the Netherlands is about Ockenburgh nature reserve in The Hague.

It shows ants, a blue tit, a great spotted woodpecker and common bluebell flowers.

in Ockenburgh estate, ring-necked parakeets nested for the first time in the Netherlands. From there, they spread to elsewhere.

Spring wildflowers in the USA, video


This video from the USA says about itself:

29 April 2016

Azure Bluet (Houstonia caerulea) wildflowers at 5000 feet in the Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina. Also called “Quaker Ladies”, they are stunning close up and in a large grouping. Filmed with Motorola Droid Turbo 2 in 4K Video.

Extremadura birds, fungi, caterpillars, rain


This is a Spanish video about birds in Extremadura.

After 15 April 2016 in Extremadura came 16 April 2016 for us.

A rainy day again.

Holly oaks, 16 April 2016

While the holly oaks kept standing still.

Hoopoe, corn bunting, blackbird sounds.

Also cuckoo and bee-eater sounds.

Caterpillars, 16 April 2016

A mass of caterpillars.

Wood ear fungi, 16 April 2016

Wood ear and other fungi.