A Collection of Critters

Our latest walk took us along lakes and canals, through fields and forest to the Danube. This time, we were accompanied by Tomas, whose experience in twitching and knowledge of all things natural was a great asset. We looked out and listened for the tiny and the great ones, and everything in between. The first Aesculapian snake of my life! Aesculapian snake

Lots of insects were out and about, e.g. dragonfliesdragonfly:

or a Painted Lady:painted lady

We spotted Military Orchids:military orchid

Of course, there were also plenty of birds. House Martins: house martin

Treecreepers:treecreeper

Great Spotted Woodpecker (female):female great spotted woodpecker

We also heard Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Nightingales, Sedge Warblers and Golden Orioles and saw Common Kestrels, Buzzards, Marsh Harriers, Grey Herons and Egrets flying by.

On the Danube, there were Shovelers, Black Terns on migration, a Pygmy Cormorant and these Shelducks (with Black Headed Gulls in the background):common shelduck

A fabulous spot we’ll certainly visit again:on the Danube

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