This post is included in the WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY initiative by Stewart M and the blog Paying Ready Attention - Photo Gallery
The Cardinal Argynnis pandora (Nymphalidae)
The hindwing is pale green with silver stripes.
The ground colour of upperwings is buffish orange with an extensive greenish suffusion..
Similar to the Silver-washed Fritillary, but with more pronounced wing markings.
It's wing span is 7-8cm, and flight period from May -July.
|The Queen Of Spain Fritillary Issoria lathonia (Nymphalidae)|
Orange ground colour with bold black spots. The large silvery spots on the hindwing underside are unique to this species.
The wing span is 4,2cm, and flight period from Febuary to October.
The Buzzard Buteo buteo
The Ocellated Lizard has been very active in the garden, hunting for insects, but also sunbathing and resting in the shade.
When the temperature rises they come out of their hiding places, and hunt, sometimes in pairs, or with their young.
|They are particularly green and blue at this time of the year and their colouration increases with bright sunlight.|
As usual I have taken far too many photos for one post , so I'll devide them up and make a few posts to show you.
I can't seem to get enough of these guys, and am often surprised at how large they can be, almost like little crocodiles.
It's Europes largest lizard, measuring 1-2ft long, but they may reach 3ft in length.
|Having to cut their tails off the photos is a shame, but it's the only way to get a closer shot.|
|I think this must be a mother with her youngster. It was fun watching them hunting, and seeing their long tongues flick out .My husband and I befriended a young Ocellated lizard years ago, and we named him George. He became quite tame, but when we returned from holiday one time,he had disapeared. We never discovered what happened to him.:(|
Resting under the chair I had been sitting on moments before. they watch and wait for any sign of a snack.
The Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo