Birds, bees, flowers at botanical garden


Flowers, 2 June 2019

On 2 June 2019, we went to the Leiden botanical garden. Where we saw these flowers.

In the Clusius garden, the part closest to the entrance, a blackbird sang.

Iris germanica yellow flowers.

Cambridge milk parsley attracting honeybees.

A chiffchaff calls.

From the Clusius garden to another part.

A sign at a ‘messy’ area says this is a special area for hedgehogs. The botanical garden values them as they keep the numbers of plant eating snails down.

Flowers, on 2 June 2019

These flowers were present.

Tulip, 2 June 2019

So was this tulip, now past its prime.

Great spotted woodpecker sound.

Large earth bumblebee, 2 June 2019

Bumblebees on pineapple lily flowers, originally from South Africa. Like this large earth bumblebee.

Great yellow bumblebee, 2 June 2019

And this one; I think a great yellow bumblebee.

On the other side of the canal, an Egyptian goose couple in love. Also two jackdaws.

Yellow iris flowers on the bank, water lily flowers on the water.

A grey heron and a ring-necked parakeet flying overhead.

A lesser black-backed gull lands on the botanical garden side of the canal to pick up a piece of food.

Flowers, botanical garden, 2 June 2019

These flowers grow around a big London planetree.

Swifts flying overhead.

Bladder campion, 2 June 2019

Bladder campion.

Bladder campion, on 2 June 2019

Bladder campion, botanical garden, 2 June 2019

Another flower attracted this honeybee.

Honeybee, 2 June 2019

A great crested grebe swims in the canal.

In the botanical garden stream, pondskaters.

Egrets, flamingos, crested larks of Kos, Greece


Black-winged stilt and little egrets, 15 May 2019

Still 15 May 2019 in the Alikes nature reserve on Kos island in Greece. A bit further than the black-winged stilts flock was this lone black-winged stilt and these little egrets.

Little egrets, 15 May 2019

Magpie, 15 May 2019

A magpie. A bird which we had not seen on Tilos.

Flamingos, 15 May 2019

On the other side of the lake, this flock of flamingos.

A zitting cisticola flying and singing.

Pheasant sound.

A clouded yellow butterfly.

Two swifts fly past.

A white wagtail on the footpath.

Blue-tailed damselflies in a mating tandem.

A grey heron flying over the lake.

Great reed warbler singing.

Moorhen, 15 May 2019

A juvenile moorhen.

Little egret, 15 May 2019

Yet another little egret.

Alikes, Kos, 15 May 2019

We walk on.

We arrive at the Aegean sea beach. The sound of migrating bee-eaters.

As we walk on, we pass a ditch with many tadpoles.

Crested lark, 15 May 2019

A crested lark on a rock.

Crested lark, on 15 May 2019

Then, another crested lark on the footpath.

Crested lark, Kos, 15 May 2019

At the end of our walk around the lake, a Sardinian warbler on a bush. This species seems to be less common here than on Tilos island.

As the evening fell, it turned out that not only barn swallows, but also a hooded crow and a female house sparrow drank from the swimming pool.

During the night, scops owl sound.

The next day, 16 May, we left Kos and Greece. We won’t forget the wildlife of Tilos and Kos islands!

Black-winged stilts, sparrow of Kos, Greece


Black-winged stilt, 15 May 2019

After our arrival on Kos island on 14 May 2019 came 15 May. Like on 14 May, we went again to the Alikes salt lake nature reserve. Where we saw this black-winged stilt.

Like on Tilos, during the night we had heard a scops owl. As soon as we had entered the gate of the nature reserve, we heard Cetti’s warbler sound.

Both red-rumped swallows and barn swallows flying.

A hooded crow.`

Black-winged stilt, on 15 May 2019

Sometimes, the black-winged stilts stand on small islands …

Black-winged stilt, Kos, 15 May 2019

Black-winged stilts, 15 May 2019

sometimes, they stand in shallow water…

Black-winged stilts, on 15 May 2019

… and sometimes they fly.

Black-winged stilts, Kos, 15 May 2019

Like this bird. A female, as males have more black on their heads.

Black-winged stilt, flying, 15 May 2019

There was a male house sparrow as well; collecting nesting material.

House sparrow male, Kos, 15 May 2019

Stay tuned, as there will be more on this blog about the birds of Kos!

From Tilos golden oriole to Kos flamingos


This April 20213 video is called GREECE. AEGEAN SEA. TILOS ISLAND. SEA ARRIVAL – APPROACH TO PORT OF LIVADIA.

After 13 May 2019 on Tilos came 14 May. For the last time, we heard a golden oriole sing in the Tilos morning.

We boarded the ferry to Kos island.

In Kos city, swifts flying.

In Tigaki village, greenfinch sound.

This video from Greece says about itself:

These are just a few of the 70 different species of birds we found on the delightful island of Kos over just a week in early May 2012. The northern migration did not really get into full swing until about the 9th, so our week was almost over before we spotted the hoards of Bee Eaters heading north ………. a wonderful sight and sound…

We were on the first holidaymakers’ flight out of Birmingham, so there were no crowds, just a lot of peace and quiet punctuated by the occasional ‘lifer’.

In the afternoon, we went to the Alikes lake. It used to be a salt pan; now it is a nature reserve.

Scores of black-winged stilts near the shore.

A bit further, about 15 flamingos.

Two ruddy shelducks swimming.

Cetti’s warblers sing.

A little egret.

A crested lark flies to a treetop.

Squacco herons.

A green sandpiper.

Holy orchid flowers.

Barn swallows nest under a roof near a swimming pool. They drink from the pool.

Bee-eaters, snail on Tilos, Greece


This January 2019 video is about diving off Tilos island in Greece.

After 12 May 2019 on Tilos came 13 May. Our last full day on Tilos.

Like on many days on Tilos, the day started with a golden oriole singing.

For the last time, I went to the reed beds.

Barn swallows flying.

A clouded yellow butterfly.

As I walked back to the village, a sling-tailed agama on its usual wall.

Snail, 13 May 2019

This macro lens photo shows a snail on an apple.

Bee-eater, 13 May 2019

Later, our last Tilos bee-eater photos; in Megalo Chorio village.

Bee-eater, on 13 May 2019

Bee-eaters, 13 May 2019

Some of the birds had managed to catch food.

Bee-eaters, on 13 May 2019

So, this was our last full day on Tilos. But not yet the end of our stay in Greece. Because on 14 May we went to Kos island. So, stay tuned!

Lizard, black-eared wheatear of Tilos, Greece


This August 2018 video is about Tilos island in Greece.

After 11 May 2019 on Tilos came 12 May.

We walked again to Skafi beach, in the north of the island.

Sounds of migrating bee-eaters and golden orioles.

A clouded yellow butterfly.

Two spotted flycatchers on a bush.

A golden oriole flies.

Sling-tailed agama, 12 May 2019

As we come closer to Skafi, a sling-tailed agama lizard on its usual rock next to the footpath.

Sling-tailed agama, on 12 May 2019

Sling-tailed agama lizard, 12 May 2019

In Skafi bay, two shags swimming and diving.

Skafi, 12 May 2019

Besides these birds, there were, of course, the rocky shore and the waves at Skafi.

Skafi, on 12 May 2019

Skafi flowers, 12 May 2019

As we walk back, these purple flowers.

On a bush, a singing woodchat shrike on the top of a bush.

Black-eared wheatear, 12 May 2019

Then, this black-eared wheatear.