Texel beach small animals, microscopic time-lapse video


This is a 24 May 2019 time-lapse video about microscopically small animals like flatworms, Euglenas, etc. on the beach of Texel island in the Netherlands.

Macrophotographer Wim van Egmond made this video.

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Ancient monastery, squacco herons, flycatcher, Tilos, Greece


This July 2013 video is called Tilos, Greece – Agios Panteleimonas Monastery.

After 10 May 2019 May on Tilos came 11 May.

A woodchat shrike on a wire.

At Agios Antonios, still two squacco herons present.

We followed the mountain road from Agios Antonios to Agios Panteleimonas monastery. Originally from the 15th century, monks no longer live there.

Agios Panteleimonas monastery, 11 May 2019

Religious objects are still present.

Mosaic, 11 May 2019

So are mosaics.

Viewpoint, 11 May 2019

We continued to this viewpoint. On the right of the photo is Megalo Chorio village.

Then, to the garbage dump of the island. It attracted surprisingly many birds. Including a spotted flycatcher; and two Cretzschmar’s buntings.

After arrival back in Megalo Chorio: a red admiral butterfly on a wall.

Bee-eaters, hoopoe of Tilos, Greece


Bee-eaters, 10 May 2019

Still 10 May 2019 on Tilos island, Greece. After returning from Livadia, we saw these bee-eaters near Megalo Chorio, late in the afternoon.

Two bee-eaters, 10 May 2019

Their colourful feathers made for a beautiful contrast with the vegetation.

Two bee-eaters, on 10 May 2019

First, there were two birds; at several spots.

Three bee-eaters, 11 May 2019

Then, three birds.

Five bee-eaters, 10 May 2019

Then, five birds …

Five bee-eaters, on 10 May 2019

… at more than one spot.

They rested a bit during their spring migration from Africa to Europe.

In spite of their name, they eat not just bees, but also insects like wasps and mosquitos. There are many bees on Tilos: beekeepers from other islands like Rhodes and Kos bring their hives to Tilos as there are many flowers for them there.

Hoopoe, 10 May 2019

Bee-eaters were not the only birds that day. A hoopoe joined them …

Hoopoe flies, 10 May 2019

… until it flew away.

Bee-eaters, swallow, sea of Tilos, Greece


This Associated Press video says about itself:

Greek island set to get all its energy from renewables

Plaka, Tilos island, Greece – 6 August 2018

1. Aerial shot turbine

2. Various of wind turbine

3. Cutaway of Greek, EU and Eunice Energy Group flags

4. Various of on-site project manager Spyros Aliferis opening container with batteries

5. Mid of batteries that store energy and later deliver it to the grid of wind turbine on northern tip of Tilos island ++MUTE++

6. Tilt down of cables connecting batteries

7. SOUNDBITE (Greek) Spyros Aliferis, on-site project supervisor for Eunice Energy Group: “The innovation of this program and its funding lies in the batteries, the energy storage, that’s what’s innovative. The energy made by the wind turbines and the photovoltaics will be stored in batteries so that this energy can be used for the grid when there is demand.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS Tilos island – 5 August 2018

8. Aerial of solar panels installed as part of the renewable energy storage project ++MUTE++

9. Mid of solar panels ASSOCIATED PRESS Plaka, Tilos island, Greece – 6 August 2018

10. Aerial of Aegean Sea, underwater cable bringing electricity to Tilos island from neighbouring islands Kos and Nisyros runs below ++MUTE++

11. Various of electricity poles connecting underwater cable to Tilos grid

ASSOCIATED PRESS Megalo Chorio, Tilos island, Greece – 6 August 2018

12. Various of Tilos mayor Maria Kamma working in her office

13. Cutaway of EuroNatur Prize 2009 certificate

14. SOUNDBITE (Greek) Maria Kamma, Mayor of Tilos: “Another factor that prompted us to proceed with this project is that we do believe in renewable sources of energy, and our ability to totally end our dependence on gasoline as a fuel for electricity, which is very harmful for the environment. For many years now, Tilos has plotted a course that is dedicated to protecting the environment. We are seeking visitors, tourists actually, people who will visit our island who love the environment and want to protect it and nature as it was given to us.”

ASSOCIATED PRESS Livadia, Tilos island, Greece – 4 August 2018

15. Aerial of entrance to Livadia harbour ++MUTE++

16. Aerial of rooftops in Livadia with solar panels and solar-powered water heaters ++MUTE++

17. Owner of Sea View Hotel Sevasti Delaporta walking into restaurant to get breakfast ready

18. Various of Delaporta getting things ready for guests

19. SOUNDBITE (Greek) Sevasti Delaporta, owner of Sea View Hotel: “I’m very optimistic about this project because there are few negative consequences, as a business, and for the guests of the hotel that I run. People are pleased with the service because they have no problems with their fridges and they have no problems with their air conditioning. They are happy, things are ok.”

20. Hotel guests having breakfast at the terrace

ASSOCIATED PRESS Livadia, Tilos island, Greece – 5 August 2018 ++MUTE++

21. Aerial of hotels and houses along the seaside

22. Aerial of sea and small boat

23. Aerial of town of Livadia

24. Aerial of surrounding mountains, sun going down

ASSOCIATED PRESS Livadia, Tilos island, Greece – 5 August 2018

25. Wide of main street with tourists and locals

26. Shop sign in main street

27. Various of main square with bars and restaurants

28. Man walking in the street

29. Wide of restaurant outdoor tables

30. Dutch visitor Eva Lemaier, who has been coming to Tilos every summer for 25 years

31. SOUNDBITE (English) Eva Lemaier, Dutch tourist:

After 9 May 2019 on Tilos came 10 May.

In the morning, the sound of bee-eaters on spring migration.

We went from Megalo Chorio to Livadia.

Livadia, 10 May 2019

The photos from Livadia in this blog post were made, as an experiment, with a ‘lensbaby‘: a kind of camera lens enabling to make photos in which some parts are focused while other parts are not.

Hooded crows flying along the coast.

A cuttlefish bone and a dead sea star on the beach.

Aegean sea, 10 May 2019

And, of course, the Aegean sea with its stones along the coast.

A barn swallow passes.

Flowers, elephants and herons of Tilos, Greece


This video is called Tilos 2014.

After 8 May 2019 on Tilos island in Greece came 9 May.

Early in the morning, bee-eater sound.

Wild carrot, 9 May 2019

Along a road near Megalo Chorio village, this wild carrot flower.

Wild carrot, on 9 May 2019

And this other wild carrot flower.

Elephants, 9 May 2019

Back in Megalo Chorio, this supermarket, where you can buy elephants …

Food, 9 May 2019

… and various food items.

We walked to Agios Antonios.

A clouded yellow butterfly.

A sling-tailed agama on its usual wall.

Flowers, 9 May 2019

Along the road, these flowers.

Flowers, on 9 May 2019

And these flowers.

Holy orchid with snail, 9 May 2019

And this holy orchid with snail.

A house martin flies past.

A hoopoe calls.

In Agios Antonios, two squacco herons fly along the coast.

Agios Antonios, 9 May 2019

These trees grow there.

Just past the harbour, a gull on a rock. This time not a (common) yellow-legged gull, but a rarer Audoin’s gull.

This 11 July 2017 video says about itself:

Always carry a camera! Audouin’s gull – Port de Pollença, Espana

Cretzschmar’s bunting, elephant, flowers of Tilos, Greece


Flowers, on 8 May 2019

Still 8 May 2019 on Tilos island in Greece. As we walked back from the mountains above Agios Petros bay, we saw these flowers.

Two black-eared wheatears.

Cretzschmar's bunting, 8 May 2019

Then, a special bird of this rocky area: a Cretzschmar’s bunting.

Elephant, 8 May 2019

We passed a house on which an elephant had been painted: reminiscent of the small elephant species living on Tilos until a few thousand years ago.

As we walk back to Megalo Chorio, a Balkan yellow wagtail sits on a fence.

A male Eleonora’s falcon flying.

Holy orchids, 8 May 2019

Holy orchids growing along the road.

Poppy, 8 May 2019

So did this poppy and other flowers.

Butterfly, 8 May 2019

We saw this butterfly, probably a Turkish meadow brown, on this flower.

A chukar partridge flies away.

Little owl, goats, spotted flycatcher of Tilos


This is a May 2017 time lapse video about Tilos island in Greece.

After 7 May 2019 on Tilos came 8 May.

We walk from Eristos beach in the direction of Agios Petros beach.

Tilos, 8 May 2019

We have to go uphill. A snake-eyed lizard along the footpath.

A clouded yellow butterfly.

Little owl, 8 May 2019

Then, we see this little owl again.

Little owl, on 8 May 2019

Goat, 8 May 2019

Then, this goat.

Flowers, 8 May 2019

And these flowers.

Spotted flycatcher, 8 May 2019

And this bird on its spring migration: a spotted flycatcher.

Goats, 8 May 2019

Some more goats.

Barn swallows, 8 May 2019

Barn swallows on migration, resting on branches.

Stay tuned, as there will be more on 8 May 2019 on Tilos.