I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to photograph this bird in the fields beyond the Kalloni salt pans. I had watched bee eaters using a bush to perch and rest and decided to stake it out and try for a close up. The bee eaters were much too aware to come anywhere near me but the bush chat quickly arrived and seemed very agitated, it hopped about in the bottom of the bush and I became aware of a second bird there too, they squared up (all out of camera reach) and suddenly one attacked and as they thrashed about I managed to get one fairly clear shot of the fight in picture one. The victor then postured beautifully in pictures two and three and finally flew up and sang. I do not think it was aware of me at all and it eventually flew off to patrol another part of its territory.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Monday, 28 May 2012
Numbers two and three were Striped shieldbugs (Graphosoma italicum) and very smart they were too, reminiscent of miniature football fans.
The little black bee is for me the most unbelievable flier have come across, how can those tiny wings manage to propel it into the air but they do to great effect
Some of the Lesvos ants were Leviathans in their own right , the one pictured was carrying part of the carapace of an unfortunate beetle, they had dismembered.
And finally this handsome beetle which we found a few of remains unidentified.
The White stork on it's nest was oblivious to all the Spanish sparrows nesting in the lower storeys of it's nest, and I heard from another birder that he had also seen a Little owl sitting in the side of the same nest.
Sunday, 27 May 2012
These were the most interesting caterpilars we found on Lesvos, Les found the top one in the grasslands near the Kalloni pools and once we got our 'eye in' we found them quite numerous and as long as a mans longest finger. The other picture was of processionary spiders we found in the Potamia valley
Number two and three was a Philaeus chrysops (male) small but colourful.
Number four was a Salticidae species, a type of jumping spider, again not very large.
Number four was found under a large rock in the Achladeri forest and appeared to be a black widow spider type, and was in her nest with her large brood.
And finally number six was in the grassland near the Kalloni pools and was very small.
Any help in ID would be appreciated, my email address near the top of the blog.