Admire the yellow feet of this Egretta garzetta who was standing near a mooring station in Venice. The species is doing well overall, but numbers in Europe are in decline. Major threats are, you’ll have guessed, wetland degradation and contamination from agricultural and industrial operations.
Podiceps nigricollis spends its winter on salty lakes and coastal areas, and this is exactly where I found this adult in its non-breeding plumage: the lagoon of Venice. Urban birding rocks!
If anyone has a good idea how to take photos of birds moving up and down on waves and not to lose focus on the target, please tell me 🙂 .
Last December, we went to Venice for a handful of days. Being a language teacher, I suffer from that Berufskrankheit to look for odd bits and bobs of language, and I certainly found them.
For instance, weird places to live in:
Ok, I admit, my ignorance of Italian is probably the biggest issue here.
But there were also some surprises when it came to the inhabitants of such places.
A family of Jedi, fine. A family of galaxies? Or robots? Or …? Hm. Anyway, they have their day-to-day struggles to deal with and to make them visible to the many tourists.
I hope their protests are successful. And I also hope, that all those numpties with their selfie-sticks will find their [heavily censored].
On a slightly more mundane note, there are also the usual lost-in-translation signs. This is something I’m not keen on trying:
And those two inside a museum and quite far away from any bathroom left me completely baffled. Please leave a comment if you can figure out what the unsuspecting visitor is supposed to be doing.
This Chroicocephalus ridibundus was not nailed to the wooden post in the lagoon of Venice, rest assured. Fun fact: in German and Latin, the species is called ‘laughin gull’. And it’s got its black head only during the breeding season.
I found this first winter Sturnus vulgaris hunting for food on Burano. That’s one of the islands in the lagoon of Venice. Starlings are great at imitating other birds’ songs.
We recently spent a handful of days in Venice. Yes, there are canals and gondolas and stuff, but what I found really striking was the presence and variety of clocks. Here are some examples. Look out for them when you’re there.