Flowers

Passiflora Caerulea

A big hat tip to Iain for identifying this flower as Passiflora Caerulea, the Blue or Common Passion Flower, a vine native to Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil which can grow up to around 10 metres in length or to a height of 20 metres with suitable support....
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Animals

Early doors

Out and about at the crack of dawn and the chorus was in full swing. House Martins were catching flies and taking them back to their nests, Blackbirds were grabbing a few worms and Wagtails and Plovers were scuttling along the riverbed....
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Birds

Nisperos and other oddments

It is quite colourful at the moment with Bougainvillea and Jacaranda in bloom, as well as numerous wild flowers. Some fruits are also ripe for picking, such as the Nispero or Loquat, Eriobotrya japonica, a very tasty fruit. The nearby town of Sayalonga even has a fiesta called Dia del Nispero - Day of the Nispero. Who says, 'any excuse...
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Birds

Windy but warm wander

Quite a windy day, gusty down by the sea, but fortunately fairly warm so a good day to get out for a little stroll. Time of day, probably, but there wasn’t much activity down by the river apart from Serins, but they are always munching away. A couple of Wagtails, a Blackbird, a few Tree Sparrows and a pair...
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Birds

Great Egret

The Great Egret, Ardea alba, is a large member of the Heron family and is found in most tropical and warm temperate areas all over the world. It is also variously known as the Common Egret, Large Egret or Great White Heron. It has all white plumage, stands about one metre high and has a wingspan of up to...
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Birds

Wind and Rain at Dinton

Despite the bad weather, there is plenty of activity on all the lakes and lots of the ducks are looking nice and colourful in their winter plumage. The Lapwing are also looking bright and colourful and increasing in numbers. The bund is mostly under water after the heavy rain but is still a popular resting place for all the...
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Birds

The Living Rainforest – oddments and lush greenery

I have already taken photos of most things on previous visits and since there was a lot of water dripping from above I only took a few oddments.  There are some enormous fish there swimming happily in a big pool with some of the turtles. The Agouti was having a little rest – it is in the same enclosure...
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Birds

Short Sunless Sunday Stroll

Popped out for a short walk this morning. The weather has changed a bit, rather cloudy today and a bit cooler – down to about twenty degrees – but still not too bad. The gulls were hunting and, with a fairly brisk wind, they were able to hover quite easily. Only a couple of dragonflies around. The birds were...
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