As we entered the park, a robin singing.
A flock of long-tailed tits in a tree.
A juvenile robin cleaning its feathers on a branch.
Chaffinch and blackcap singing.
A lesser black-backed gull flying overhead.
A chiffchaff sings.
Quite some southern marsh orchid flowers.
Greater yellow rattle flowers.
While field bindweed intertwines with other plants.
Ring-necked parakeets call.
Another orchid. Also a southern marsh orchid; but of the rare variety Dactylorhiza majalis subsp. praetermissa var. junialis.
On this photo, field horsetails are the main subject.
A blackbird sings.
A Muscovy duck walks past.
Wild strawberry fruits along the footpath.
Milk-parsley: partially still flowering, in other plants the flowers are already gone.
Near the milk-parsley plants many small beautiful beetles: green dock leaf beetles.
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.
As we left, a white stork on the meadow.
A buzzard flying overhead.
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.
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.
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.
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.