Baby carp in botanical garden


Baby carp in botanical garden

These photos show baby carp, born recently in the pond of the botanical garden in Leiden, the Netherlands, photographed by a diver of the Dutch natural history society KNNV.

The caption mentions an aquarium and terrarium exhibition which will be in the botanical garden this September.

Orchids, long-tailed tits and beautiful beetles


Orchid, 28 June 2015

This photo, made with a macro lens like the other ones in this blog post, shows a southern marsh orchid in the Heempark on 28 June 2015.

As we entered the park, a robin singing.

In a ditch, mallards, and a coot couple with a nest.

A flock of long-tailed tits in a tree.

A juvenile robin cleaning its feathers on a branch.

Field horsetails.

Chaffinch and blackcap singing.

A lesser black-backed gull flying overhead.

A chiffchaff sings.

Southern marsh orchid, 28 June 2015

Quite some southern marsh orchid flowers.

Greater yellow-rattle, 28 June 2015

Greater yellow rattle flowers.

Field bindweed, 28 June 2015

While field bindweed intertwines with other plants.

Ring-necked parakeets call.

A common carder bee. Honeybees. Hoverflies.

Orchid flowering, 28 June 2015

Another orchid. Also a southern marsh orchid; but of the rare variety Dactylorhiza majalis subsp. praetermissa var. junialis.

Bladder campion, 28 June 2015

Bladder campion flowering; with field horsetail in the background of this photo.

Field horsetail, 28 June 2015

On this photo, field horsetails are the main subject.

A blackbird sings.

A Muscovy duck walks past.

Wild strawberries, 28 June 2015

Wild strawberry fruits along the footpath.

Milk-parsley, 28 June 2015

Milk-parsley: partially still flowering, in other plants the flowers are already gone.

Green dock leaf beetle, 28 June 2015

Near the milk-parsley plants many small beautiful beetles: green dock leaf beetles.

Painted ladies, buzzard and white stork


Painted lady, 6 June 2015

This photo shows a painted lady. It was one of two butterflies of that species flying near a bicycle track in Gooilust nature reserve. This butterfly sat down again and again on the cycle track. Sometimes, a cyclist disturbed it, and it flew away, eg, to a tree’s leaves.

Painted ladies are migratory butterflies. This animal’s wings looked worn down from long distance flying, maybe all the way from North Africa to here.

After Gooilust yesterday, today, 6 June 2015, we went there again.

In the water not far from the painted ladies, a coot couple swimming with their chick. A grey heron on the bank flew away.

As we left, a white stork on the meadow.

A buzzard flying overhead.

Damselflies, spider and young robins


Azure damselfly, 5 June 2015

This photo shows a male azure damselfly (let us hope my identification is correct; there are several blue and black damselfly species, looking very similar). On 5 June 2015, on a reed stem on the bank of a pond in Gooilust nature reserve.

In Gooilust, a swift flying. Great spotted woodpecker and blackbird sound.

Raft spider, 5 June 2015

Near the bank of the Gooilust pond, this raft spider. Not so big for this species, so probably a male. There were lots of algae in the pond. I hope the water will stay clean enough for this spider and other species.

Large red damselfly female, 5 June 2015

There were other damselfly species at the pond too. Like this female large red damselfly.

Near the exit of Gooilust, two young robins on a woodpile. They did not have red breasts yet.

A bit further on the path, a song thrush.

Leucistic guillemot at Bempton Cliffs, England


Leucistic guillemot

The bird on the left of this photo, taken at Bempton Cliffs in England by Steve Clifton, is a normally coloured guillemot (as are the birds at the bottom of the picture).

The other guillemot, on the right, is leucistic.

How bees are born, time-lapse video


This National Geographic video says about itself:

Amazing Time-Lapse: Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes

20 May 2015

Witness the eerily beautiful growth of larvae into bees in this mesmerizing time-lapse video from photographer Anand Varma. Varma said the six-month project, for which he built a beehive in his workshop, gave him a new respect for the meticulous job of beekeeping.

Click here to read the behind the scene’s story of exactly how photographer Anand Varma made this amazing time-lapse.

Cuckoo, Canada geese and little grebe


This video is called The European Adder – Vipera berus. We did not see adders during our week in and around Dwingelderveld national park. They live there; but the best time to see them is on warm, sunny days. Which weren’t part of this early May week.

After 6 May 2015, 7 May in Drenthe. Our last full day there.

As we went to the hide, a robin on a fence.

Near the hide, swifts and barn swallows flying. A willow warbler sings.

In a lakelet just north of Moddergat lake, three common pochards, male and female tufted ducks.

A little grebe calls and swims.

A mallard. Two Egyptian geese: a Canada goose calls to them as they land.

In wet heathland, a skylark sings.

Cuckoo, 7 May 2015

A cuckoo sitting on a tree.

Briefly, a yellowhammer above the cuckoo in the same tree.

A stonechat.

Canada geese, 7 May 2015

Canada geese.

Next, another wetland: Koelevaartsveen. Three common sandpipers near the bank.

Moss and trees, 7 May 2015

Moss growing near the trees not far away.

Moss, 7 May 2015

Near the Dwingelose heide cycle track, again oak eggar caterpillars.

Dark tussock caterpillar, photo by Lo Troisfontaine

Also a much rarer and smaller caterpillar. So small and lightweight that the wind again and again blows it decimetres further away on the sandy path. A dark tussock caterpillar.

Cottongrass, 7 May 2015

Back to the hide. Cottongrass grows there. This marked the end for us of a week of seeing much beautiful wildlife.