Corsica – Reptiles

June 29, 2011 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog, Holiday and Trip Reports by ChrisLuv

So, now some wildlife – I’ve started with the reptiles because there something we don’t have much of in the UK.

Lets start with Lizards, the Tyrrhenian wall lizard is a species endemic to Sardinia and Corsica – and they were very common on the island, usually sunbathing on walls and rocks. They were, however, very skitty and it took a long time for me to get a decent photo of them.

Now Lizards are one thing, we have them here – I’m always happy to see them. Snakes too we have here but I’ve never really seen one like I saw the Western Whip Snake in Corsica that I nearly literally stumbled on. I was walking along a footpath when one of the sticks under my feet whipped away and into the undergrowth before a rustling alerted me it was coiling up a nearby tree.  Now I know there are no poisonous snakes on Corsica but the animal in me set the adrenaline going and my heart started going like one-o.  I never realized I’d be affected like that. However I soon recovered enough to get a photo.

Something else entirely more sedate now, again which I found on a footpath – a Hermann’s Tortoise. The species was once all over Europe but is now rather limited in it’s range. I was very lucky to see one I feel – it was fairly easy to catch and photograph.

I can’t be sure of the ID of the last one, I believe its a Moorish Gecko, a fairly common Gecko from Southern Europe. One inhabited our patio, coming out in the evening to dash from or too the hot metal roof. This one was found warming itself in the garden.

Bunny Wood – Again

June 29, 2011 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog, Other Notts Sightings by ChrisLuv

Revisited Bunny Wood this morning to look for White Letter Hairstreak, has success in the elms near post 6 – five flitting around in the tree tops and occasionally pausing for views on leaves I could see. One even came within camera distance – just!

Also showing were a few Ringlets, Large Skipper (see below) and Meadow Brown.

Wood Pigeon at Chat Corner

June 29, 2011 in Home, Photo Posts by davejsblog


June 29, 2011 in Home, Photo Posts by davejsblog

Hedge Bindweed

June 29, 2011 in Home, Photo Posts by davejsblog

Common Cranes Bill [?]

June 29, 2011 in Photo Posts by davejsblog

Sightings-Today At Bennerley

June 29, 2011 in Home, Sightings by davejsblog

Bennerley Marsh. 7 Swift, 3 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 5 Goldfinch, Common Tern, Grey Heron. Water Treatment Works. Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Green Woodpecker. Chat Corner. 3 Meadow Pipit, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrel [m. f.] Buzzard, 2 Pheasant. Botany Bay. 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting. 3 Greenfinch.

Insects On The Wing. Butterflies. Ringlet, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small White. Moths. Cinnabar, Five-spotted Burnet, Latticed Heath. Plus. 1 Blue-tailed Damselfly.

Corsica – Scenery

June 28, 2011 in ChrisLuv's Birding Blog by ChrisLuv

So, after two weeks in Corsica I have lots of photos to process, so I have split it into chunks. The first, and easiest for me, is the scenery because I don’t have to try and ID anything!

Corsica is an attractive island, in fact it’s a dream for photographer. Beaches and Mountains within 15 minutes and an hour respectively from the villa and so I was glad I’d taken my tripod and filters – despite the extra weight they added and the problems that caused at the airport when they decided to weigh our hand luggage (who ever heard of that!). Anyway some quick rearranging and I entrusted my camera to the hold – thankfully it survived its journey and I was able get some good shots.

This first effort is at 1000m altitude at a artificial lake in the mountains at Ospedale. I used the an HD Grad and Polarizing filter and took 5 shots vertically – stitching them together in Photoshop afterwards. I love the reflection.

Further up in to the mountains and the roads get very hairy, hairpins switchback up the mountainsides and you’re left driving alongside sheer drops.  Thankfully we survived just about intact, no thanks to my fellow motorists who insist on driving like they were in a rally. This next shot was taken from the roadside after we stopped for a breather and to de-tense.

Again several shots stitched together.

The beaches are some of the best in Europe, three of the top 20 I believe (according to the Sunday Times – if you believe them).  This is one of the best of the best…the waters are so clear and offer amazing snorkling – if the instant photos come out I’ll be scanning them to show you some fishes later.

Piers always offer good opportunities – perhaps too much ND Grad filter here.

A tree you may have seen before as its very popular on postcards and all sorts of brochures.

You know I like my HDR shots and some rare clouds interrupting the 32-34 degree heat were welcomed.

So next time wildlife, I promise. Hope these have whetted your appetite. First stop reptiles I think…..

Notts sightings for Thu 9th Jun (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

June 28, 2011 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Bestwood Mill Lakes - Mandarin Duck [male], Greylag Goose [and young].
  • Huthwaite - 1 Common Quail [singing, Castlewood Park].
  • King's Mill Reservoir - Hobby [chasing young Pied Wagtail], 74 Mute Swan. 13 Common Pochard. 30 Tufted Duck.
  • Clumber Park - 12+ Tree Pipit, 10+ Common Crossbill, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Yellowhammer, 1 Eurasian Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Marsh Tit, 6+ Great Spotted Woodpecker [2 pairs, one pair feeding two fledged young], 1 Common Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 10+ Common Buzzard.
  • Lambley - Common Cuckoo [female - Green Lane].

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Notts sightings for Fri 10th Jun (courtesy of Notts Birdwatchers)

June 28, 2011 in Other Notts Sightings by rssfeeds

  • Besthorpe NWT - South: 1 Green Sandpiper.
  • Kilvington Lakes - 1 Little Egret.
  • Rushcliffe Country Park - Red Kite [wing-tagged bird], 2 Common Buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk.
  • Arnot Hill Park - Pond Area: 29 Tufted Duck, 17 Red Crested Pochard, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Cormorant, 2 Common Pochard, 4 Coot, 28 Moorhen, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail [1 ringed bird], Rear of Old House/Rose Garden: Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Pied Wagtail, Jay, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Goldfinch, Eurasian Nuthatch, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Chiffchaff, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, 2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit, Wren.
  • Worksop - 5 Common Buzzard [near Sainsbury's - one mobbed by corvids].
  • Clumber Park - Tree Pipit. 2 Mandarin Duck [males],6 Great Crested Grebe [2 displaying], Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker [feeding young], Stock Dove, Jackdaw, 2 Common Cuckoo [seen and heard]. Ford Reed Beds: 6 Reed Bunting, 6 Reed Warbler. Lake Arm: Whooper Swan, 10 Sand Martin, 2 Reed Warbler.

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