Crow hitches ride on bald eagle


Crow on bald eagle back

This photo series is by photographer Phoo Chan. It shows a crow, probably an American crow, hitching a ride on the back of a bald eagle, in Washington state in the USA.

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.