I have never seen more cuckoos! i had a wondwerful day at lakenheath fen, by 0630 i had seen Savi's warbler, Red footed falcon, grasshopper warbler and bittern in flight, the hobbies and cuckoos were later bonus's
I spent the best part of a day at Lakenheath fen trying to photograph the red footed falcon that had taken up residence there but the hobbies made the trip worthwhile as my pictures of the falcon were disappointing.
This wonderful character was one of the highlights of our trip with the Stevenage RSPB group. We came across him with his owner, he is free flying and about 38 years old, he spends his days in his owners studio or out for walks/flights with him.
The top one is a starred agama, these we found out in the most arid open areas, the last one is a Balkan green lizard but the middle one, which was 18 inches long approx, I can find no reference to - I would like to know tho'
These were found on top of a mountain, hawking for insects, I put them together for that reason and also because they are right next to each other in the Collins field guide. The top bird is an Eleanora's falcon and the second one which is eating a catch is a Hobby.
This is a very small selection of the caterpillars we saw, the first two haning from threads that they had used to "abseil" down from the trees to escape the birds that were trying to catch them and the one on the track which was a stunner. I have no idea as to their identities, they certainly are not in any of my books. al the images were taken with my 300mm lens.
We were amazed at some of the loads the locals carry on varying forms of transport on Lesvos, it was haymaking time and the pick up trucks were groaning under the weight of some of their loads, but my favoutite was the guy with moped carrying this piece of machinery along one of the tracks.
We had travelled to see a great snipe which had unfortunately decided to make itself scarce but were rewarded by this cracker, a German couple called us up the river twenty yards and the crake was performing just feet away, it seemed to barely notice us, it contiued to feed quite happily until the current took it away downstream
This had been a bogey bird for me until this year but I managed to photograph a selection of them this year, this was taken early one morning just before I realised that I had been sitting quietly for forty minutes with my headlights on still and I'd flattened the battery - silly old blighter. It show the characteristics off nicely
There were far fewer of these cheeky chappies this year on Lesvos, and this seemed to be the trend for many species, the top bird was singing and I could not resist the second picture of the nest builder