Birds

Look, no hands!

The hot weather has brought the lizards out and they were scuttling about all over the place. There were also quite a few Spotted Flycatchers and a number of House martins flying up and down the river in the vain hope of finding a bit of water....
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Birds

International Dawn Chorus Day – Part 2

The Serins were everywhere and Blackcaps were in abundance as were Goldfinch, Little Ringed Plovers, Pied Wagtails, Blackbirds, Black Redstarts, House Martins, Swifts, Tree Sparrows, House Sparrows, Spotted Flycatchers and, of course, Collared Doves. There were also two Common Sandpipers and a couple of Spotless Starlings....
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Birds

Midweek meander

A sunny day after a bit of rain, so time to see who was out and about. Strange weather recently: sun, rain, sun, gales, rain, sun…Anyway, lots of Goldfinches having their mid-afternoon munch. There were even one or two butterflies around as well as the odd lizard. There were Wagtails all the way along the river. Spotless Starlings all...
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Reptiles & Amphibians

Frogs, Lizards and a Toad

This toad had taken up residence in a small hollow in a tree right next to the outdoor dining area and we gave him the nickname ‘the Wise One’. He didn’t seem to move for several days, just sat there with his head resting on his hands in quiet contemplation and looking ‘wise’. No-one seemed to know how long...
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Reptiles & Amphibians

Mudskipper

Wandering along the mudflats near the Mangrove swamps, this rather strange creature was in abundance. It is a Mudskipper, a fully amphibious fish!  It uses its pectoral fins to move about on land and is remarkably nippy. Huge eyes. They are Gobies, members of the subfamily Oxudercinae within the family Gobiidae, and are completely at home on land or...
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Reptiles & Amphibians

Fiddler Crab

Quite a fascinating sight to see an army of Fiddler Crabs on manoeuvres, scuttling across the mud flats and then swiftly disappearing into holes as soon as anyone or anything gets remotely near. Presumably the vibration alerts them to possible danger. The Fiddler Crab is one of many semi-terrestrial marine crabs which make up the genus Uca. One of...
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