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two-faced

This fly has a second face in its face!😀 It kind of looks like a cartoon character wearing huge headphones.

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Two butterflies, photographed during a walk today. Unfortunately I didn’t have my Raynox lens with me so these were shot with PS SX60 only.

(1) Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) and a bee

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(2) Small white (Pieris rapae)

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cats

My cats Odd and Tonje – ❤ – captured by iPhone

Gentle eyes that see so much, paws that have the quiet touch.

Purrs to signal “all is well” and show more love than words can tell.

Graceful movements touched with pride, a calming presence by our side.

A friendship that will last and grow, small wonder why we love them so.

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anthrax

Anthrax anthrax, is a species of fly in the family Bombyliidae. It’s a fairly large fly, the body length is 10 mm. The body is black with four white markings at tergum 2 and 3 and two white markings at the end of the abdomen. Tergum 1 is black with tufts of white hairs at the side (visible when hovering, thus not in this picture). The wings are mostly black, only the tops are transparant, and the veins are dark brown. It kind of looks like the wings have been painted with watercolour, I think the pattern is quite nice.:)

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peregrine

A peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), photographed from my office window today. Not the best quality, it was quite far away and even though it’s one of the largest falcons, it was a tall order even for my trusty SX60. I think it’s a female, she was about the same size as a raven, males are smaller roughly the size of a crow.

The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on Earth and in 2005 one was recorded stooping at a top speed of 389 km/h (242 mph). Impressive!

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escaped

The Black swan (Cygnus atratus) is native to Australia but popular in zoological gardens all around the world. I spotted this one swimming around with ~20 Mute swans outside Amsterdam, it must have escaped from somewhere.

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bath

A male Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) enjoying a cooling bath

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whinchat

A female Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra), swaying back and forth in the wind.. Captured with a shutter speed of 1/1000 s.

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w15

Four birds and one rabbit :)

(1) Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

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(2) Another Willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus)

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(3) A female House sparrow (Passer domesticus) finding ornaments for the nest

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(4) Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) finding ornaments for the nest

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(5) Lots of cute rabbits around here in Amsterdam ❤

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w14

It’s a lovely, sunny Spring day here in Amsterdam today. Here are a 3 bird pictures I took this morning-

(1) Great tit (Parus major)

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(2) Bearded reedling (Panurus biarmicus)

This was a first for me! It’s been on my wish list since I first saw it in a bird book. Unfortunately the photo isn’t very sharp, it’s difficult to get close to these wetland specialists..

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(3) Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

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