This 28 June 2019 photo is by Cornelis de Bruijn.
That colour condition is called erythrism. It occurs rarely, also in, eg, rabbits, snakes, frogs and birds’ eggs.
On 2 June 2019, we went to the Leiden botanical garden. Where we saw these flowers.
Iris germanica yellow flowers.
Cambridge milk parsley attracting honeybees.
A chiffchaff calls.
From the Clusius garden to another part.
A sign at a ‘messy’ area says this is a special area for hedgehogs. The botanical garden values them as they keep the numbers of plant eating snails down.
These flowers were present.
So was this tulip, now past its prime.
Great spotted woodpecker sound.
And this one; I think a great yellow bumblebee.
On the other side of the canal, an Egyptian goose couple in love. Also two jackdaws.
A lesser black-backed gull lands on the botanical garden side of the canal to pick up a piece of food.
These flowers grow around a big London planetree.
Swifts flying overhead.
Another flower attracted this honeybee.
A great crested grebe swims in the canal.
In the botanical garden stream, pondskaters.
A magpie. A bird which we had not seen on Tilos.
On the other side of the lake, this flock of flamingos.
A zitting cisticola flying and singing.
A clouded yellow butterfly.
Two swifts fly past.
A white wagtail on the footpath.
Blue-tailed damselflies in a mating tandem.
A grey heron flying over the lake.
Great reed warbler singing.
A juvenile moorhen.
Yet another little egret.
We walk on.
As we walk on, we pass a ditch with many tadpoles.
A crested lark on a rock.
Then, another crested lark on the footpath.
At the end of our walk around the lake, a Sardinian warbler on a bush. This species seems to be less common here than on Tilos island.
As the evening fell, it turned out that not only barn swallows, but also a hooded crow and a female house sparrow drank from the swimming pool.
During the night, scops owl sound.
The next day, 16 May, we left Kos and Greece. We won’t forget the wildlife of Tilos and Kos islands!
A hooded crow.`
Sometimes, the black-winged stilts stand on small islands …
sometimes, they stand in shallow water…
… and sometimes they fly.
Like this bird. A female, as males have more black on their heads.
There was a male house sparrow as well; collecting nesting material.
Stay tuned, as there will be more on this blog about the birds of Kos!
This January 2019 video is about diving off Tilos island in Greece.
After 12 May 2019 on Tilos came 13 May. Our last full day on Tilos.
Like on many days on Tilos, the day started with a golden oriole singing.
For the last time, I went to the reed beds.
Barn swallows flying.
A clouded yellow butterfly.
As I walked back to the village, a sling-tailed agama on its usual wall.
This macro lens photo shows a snail on an apple.
Later, our last Tilos bee-eater photos; in Megalo Chorio village.
Some of the birds had managed to catch food.
So, this was our last full day on Tilos. But not yet the end of our stay in Greece. Because on 14 May we went to Kos island. So, stay tuned!