Friday, 29 September 2023


 As you can imagine, I haven't had much time to get together a varied post, so here are a few photos of the European Robin or the Robin Red Breast which visits my balcony every day. Next week I should have accumulated enough photos to make a more diverse wild life post, but I hope you enjoy this one, as it is one of my favourite birds.

So sorry for the delay in visiting, but I should catch up this week.

Tuesday, 5 September 2023


Hi everyone, Yesterday I had an appointment with the Physiatrist who saw me after I broke my right wrist on the 1st of June, and after my first 15 sessions of physiotherapy, and he seemed pleased with my progress, although I still have some way to go before I can use my wrist and my arm without pain. Like last time I have tendinitis in my shoulder and arm, and haven't yet gained the strength to open jars and bottles with my wrist. I'm now on the second series of physio and still have 10 days to go, and then I will see if more is needed. In the meantime I thought I would make a post, tell you my news, and share a few photos of the Great Spotted Woodpecker, but I won't be able to visit anyone just yet as I need more time to get better.

These images were taken on different days in different light. I hope you have enjoyed this post which was done in stages, but I did  use my right hand to make it and I'm pleased I got in touch as it has been a while since my last post, and I really miss you all. My best wishes to everyone.Until next time hugs all round.

Friday, 2 June 2023


Dear fellow bloggers i will be taking a break  for a while, as yesterday i fell and i have broken my right wrist for the second time, that makes four breakages in a period of four years. my knee gives way a that's why i f all. but i'll be back when i can hold my camera again. leaving you with sunset i took some time ago.

Wednesday, 31 May 2023


As it is raining heavily I took these photos of insects from the archives when several years ago I was just photographing insects, and it was a wonderful experience which I am delighted to be able to share with you 
                         The Scorpion Fly Panorpa communis

The Scorpion Fly is a strange looking insect. It is a common insect, but new to me. Unfortunately these images are of poor quality, and I was unable to take a photo of the fly with it's curled tail, the reason for it's name, and nor did I get a good shot of it's long face. 

The scorpion-like tail does not sting however, but is used by the male for courtship displays, and it is in fact the males genitalia. The most interesting of Scorpion Fly facts, is that the male attracts the female by making food offerings, and the female will select the male depending what gift is offered.They grow up to 25 mm in length, and can jump as well as fly and are good for the environment because adults and larvae feed on dead insects. They are scavengers that  often steal insects from spiders webs

The Marsh Fly or Snail-killing Fly 

 It is common along the edges of ponds, rivers, and marshy areas. The adults drink dew, and nectar, but the larvae prey on, or become parasites on slugs, snails, and finger nail clams. The pretty females often lay their eggs in fresh  water snails. The Marsh Fly is 1 1/2 cm in length.                     

                      The Bee Fly  bombyliidae

The adults feed on nectar and pollen, the Larvae generally are parasitoids of other insects.

Like some bumblebees they are brownish yellow and furry, and make a buzzing sound when flying, but unlike them, they only have two wings, instead of four. They have large eyes and long skinny legs, and short antennae, not at all like bees.

They are prodigious fliers, that can hover in midair, and have fast manoeuvring skills.  They possess a stiff long tongue or proboscis, which they use for probing flowers, to sip their nectar. They make an early appearance in Spring, and are good pollinators..

               Bombylius major Large-bee-fly

They can be seen from March up to June, and visit most flowers.

A Longhorn Beetle.

I can't find any information about this beetle or photos, but presume it it is called a Longhorn beetle  because it has long horns.:=)

It was the most beautiful large beetle I had ever seen. It's colours were iridescent in turquoise and green.

I was sorry to see it it fly away and since that day I have never seen another.

The Tachinid  Fly   Tachina  Fera

The Tachina Fera is a large fly 9-16 mm, and it's a bristly fly, with a prominent black stripe down it's back. It's overall colour is  orange, and it can be found across Europe as far as Scandinavia..

The Hover Fly

There are over species of Hoverfly in the world, As regular flower visitors  to a wide range of plants and agricultural crops, Hoverflies are some of the most important pollinators in any ecosystem. They can't carry as much pollen on their bodies as bees but can travel greater distances and make more flower visits. Adults feed on nectar and pollen and their larvae feed on decaying animal matter and aphids. Most Hoverflies on average only live for 12 days.


Wednesday, 24 May 2023

THE FIRECREST Regulus ignicapilla.

The weather is hot but not too hot, so it is very pleasant to sit outside with my camera. Over this last couple of weeks my left knee has been very painful, so I couldn't stray far. My balcony has been my resting place and main source of entertainment, and I couldn't be more pleased now that there are two Firecrests visiting my feeders which has given me great pleasure to watch and photograph. I have become a little obsessed with these petite passerines in the kinglet family, and watch them for hours.There are a lot of Cork Oak trees on the property which is a their favourite breeding place, where they build a compact three layered nest on a tree branch. They also like broadleafed trees and conifers which is another feature of the landscape, but until two years ago I had never seen a Firecrest.

These birds are extremely difficult to photograph.

They are so active, and their heads bob up and down all the time at the feeder. I must have discarded dozens of tail images.

They do not pose on a branch, but arrive unobtrusively through a gap in the railings and leave the same way. I have never seen them fly.

For a little bird with a little beak, it is amazing how much food it can carry. Often it arrives with it's beak already full of food, but still manages to take away more.

As I have already written, the Firecrest is constantly on the move.

Their nest must be quite near, as they are arriving every ten minutes.

When one leaves, the other appears immediately after, as both parents feed their chicks. Just lately however, I have been wondering if it is possible that there are two females coming to the feeder and not both sexes. 

The female incubates seven to twelve eggs on her own.

These small birds are monogamous.

The average life expectancy of a Firecrest is between two to three years, but hopefully their offspring's will survive to bring joy to bird lovers like myself every year.

Wednesday, 17 May 2023


Just a few photos taken on and from my balcony.


My daughter-in-law Paula's cat "Grey" sitting near the lookout.

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