Birds and big lizards of Curaçao

Cow parsley

The coast

Hide and seek

The coast

The Northsea coast. We will be visiting soon again. I haven’t had a decent walk on the beach for ages.

Song thrush

Song thrush

This Song thrush has been very shy. We didn’t get to see him (or her) much. However the snow has lead him to our birdfeeders. We call this feeder the ski jump.

Urban wildflowers

I think it must have been about 6 years ago, when a few Hollyhock seedlings suddenly popped up in our street. Since then they’ve been growing everywhere.

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We got three colours this year. It’s always a bit of a surprise what will show up.

Pollen

Pollen

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I love to hear the gentle buzzing of bumblebees and wasps that hang around the flowers.

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Cap Sizun Bird Reserve

Cap Sizun

We visited the Cap Sizun Bird reserve hoping to see the Common Guillemot. We missed out on the Guillemot, but we did spot dozens of European Shags

European Shag  (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

and other sea birds. The Northern Fulmar was a lifer for us. Hundreds of them were nesting on cliffs and making quite a racket, the cliffs echoing their calls.

Northern Fulmar

Cap Sizun Reserve is quite small, but it’s a beautiful walk on a sunny day.

Cap Sizun

View from Cap Sizun, Finistère

Northern Fulmar

There was a breeding colony of Northern FulmarFulmarus glacialis (thanks Dewald) at the Cap Sizun bird reserve. They made quite a noise 🙂

Northern Fulmar

Fluffy youngster in the background

Northern Fulmar

Northern Fulmar nest on the cliffs

Northern Fulmar

Closer up

Northern Fulmar

Egg

Rapeseed fields

Rapeseed

The rapeseed fields of Groningen are blooming abundantly this year. Of course you do need a brilliant blue sky if you go out to take photos. I got lucky yesterday.

Greece in May

We just came back from a two week holiday in the Peloponnesos. Greece in May is so lovely. All the trees & flowers are in bloom.

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