Young great spotted woodpeckers at photo hide


Young great spotted woodpecker, 10 June 2016

After the mainly adult great spotted woodpeckers of my earlier blog post, now young birds on 10 June 2016 at the bird photography hide. Like this one, with the red cap typical for its age, on a birch tree.

Young great spotted woodpecker bathing, 10 June 2016

Like the adult birds, the young woodpeckers liked bathing in the pool.

Young great spotted woodpecker bathing, on 10 June 2016

Young great spotted woodpecker on tree, 10 June 2016

The fledgling woodpeckers had only very recently learned flying. They still depended on their parents for food. However, they already knew how to sit vertically on a tree trunk.

Young great spotted woodpecker on tree, on 10 June 2016

Young great spotted woodpecker under branch, 10 June 2016

And how to hang horizontally under a branch.

Young great spotted woodpecker near hide, 10 June 2016

Bye bye for now, young woodpeckers! There will be another blog post about you.

Great spotted woodpeckers at photo hide


Female great spotted woodpecker, 10 June 2016

This photo shows an adult female great spotted woodpecker, drinking at the pool near the bird photography hide on 10 June 2016.

Female great spotted woodpecker drinking, 10 June 2016

So does this photo.

Female great spotted woodpecker on birch trunk, 10 June 2016

This photo shows an adult female great spotted woodpecker on a birch tree trunk.

Female great spotted woodpecker, on 10 June 2016

This is another adult female great spotted woodpecker photo.

Great spotted woodpecker pale male, 10 June 2016

This photo shows an adult male great spotted woodpecker; as we can see from the red spot on his neck. Its wings are paler than the usual black and white in this species. Maybe leucism?

Male great spotted woodpecker on oak tree, 10 June 2016

This photo shows an adult male great spotted woodpecker on a small oak tree.

Juvenile and adult female great spotted woodpecker, 10 June 2016

And this photo shows, on the left, a juvenile great spotted woodpecker, with its red cap. On the right, an adult female.

Stay tuned, as there will be more blog posts on the woodpeckers and other birds near the photo hide!

Buzzard at bird photography hide


Buzzard, 10 June 2016

About an hour after we had arrived at the bird photography hide, the buzzard pictured on this photo landed on a big coniferous tree. Soon, it flew away again.

Around the hide, there are sometimes other spectacular birds, like goshawks, sparrowhawks and kingfishers. But we did not see these three species on that 10 June.

Blue tits, marsh tits at bird photo hide


Blue tit bathing, 10 June 2016

In my earlier blog post on the photo hide, I mentioned the pool there which birds used for drinking and bathing. Not only great tits did that, also, eg, the blue tit on this photo.

Blue tit bathing, on 10 June 2016

Blue tit, 10 June 2016

Blue tits, both adults and fledglings, looked for food on branches as well.

Blue tit, on 10 June 2016

Not only great tits and blue tits, also less common tit species live near the hide. Including crested tits (which we did not see on 10 June). And long-tailed tits (which we only saw briefly in the morning).

Marsh tit, 10 June 2016

We did see marsh tits; like this one.

Marsh tit, on 10 June 2016

It liked bathing.

Marsh tit bathing, 10 June 2016

It really liked bathing.

Marsh tit bathing, on 10 June 2016

Marsh tit on bank, 10 June 2016

After the bathing, it dried its feathers on the bank.

Great tits at bird photography hide


Young great tit and parent, 10 June 2016

This photo shows a young great tit, asking its parent, with its less pale colours, to give it food.

This photo, like many others, was made on 10 June 2016 at a bird photography hide in the Gooi region in the Netherlands. In this blog post, there are only photos of great tits; the most frequent birds there, at least then. Other birds and animals will come in later blog posts; so, stay tuned!

Immediately after arriving at the hide, we saw greenfinches and hawfinches. And a long-tailed tit (which did not come back later). Great spotted woodpeckers. Dunnocks. Robins.

Young great tit, on 10 June 2016

It being June, there were many recently fledged young birds of various species. Like this great tit.

Great tit, 10 June 2016

Adult male great tit, 10 June 2016

This adult male great tit was present as well.

Young great tit, 10 June 2016

Just in front of the hide is a pool, where birds can drink and bathe.

Living robin on robin sculpture


Robin on robin sculpture

The robin on this photo, while building its nest, often lands on this metal robin sculpture.

The photo is by protter in the Netherlands.

Booted eagle and architecture in Extremadura, Spain


This video is about flowers and birds in Parque Nacional Monfragüe in Extremadura, Spain.

After 23 April 2016, on 24 April 2016 we left Extremadura.

Before we left, for the last time the cuckoo, hoopoe, blackbird and collared dove sounds.

Jaraicejo, gates next to church, 24 April 2016

We went to Jaraicejo village. Next to the church, two gates.

Around the church, as usually, domestic pigeons flying. Suddenly, a bit of a panic as a booted eagle tries to catch one.

Swifts flying.

A white wagtail on a street.

Two inhabited white stork nests on the church.

Jaraicejo, street, 24 April 2016

We walk around, looking at Jaraicejo buildings.

Jaraicejo, another street, 24 April 2016

Jaraicejo, yet another street, 24 April 2016

We walk around some more.

Jaraicejo, Extremadura, street, 24 April 2016

Jaraicejo, center, 24 April 2016

We walk back to the village center.

Jaraicejo, on a street, 24 April 2016

Not far from there, we meet an elderly widow.

Jaraicejo, inside a house, 24 April 2016

She shows us her home. Judging from the antlers on the walls, there were deer hunters in her family.

We leave, as we have to catch the bus to Madrid airport.

Extremadura, bye-bye!