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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

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Week 41-

(1) Flesh Fly (Sarcophaga)

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(2) Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta)

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First week of October, but I still found some small bugs to photograph- A crane fly, a dragonfly, a butterfly ūüôā

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I found a pretty little Geranium Argus (Eumedonia eumedon) in a park here in Amsterdam. Here are two pictures taken from different angles:

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I got up at 3am this morning to photograph the super blood moon

My trusty PS and I did our best, but alas didn’t get any clear shot… But it was thrilling to see anyway!

The next opportunity to see this will be in 2033.

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Geranium Bronze (Cacyreus marshalli) is native of South Africa but it has introduced (deliberately or accidentally) to Mediterranean Europe where it has spread as a pest of cultivated Pelargonium geraniums (which also originate in South Africa).

Anyway, a pretty little butterfly that I photographed in Sardinia.

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A Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum), photographed in Sardinia.

Its long proboscis and its hovering behaviour, accompanied by an audible humming noise, make it look remarkably like a hummingbird while feeding on flowers.

Note that this is a species of Sphingidae, and shouldn’t be confused with the moths called hummingbird moths in North America, genus Hemaris.

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Three butterflies – beautiful and fun to photograph ūüôā

(1) European Peacock butterfly (Aglais io), completely dark seen from the side but with a fantastic pattern and fake eyes its dosal side. It’s often mentioned in research where the role of eye-spots as an anti-predator mechanism has been investigated. I wanted to get a shot from above, to show the whole pattern, but he didn’t want to cooperate so a shot from the side it is then. Note: This one shouldn’t be confused with the American Peacock (Anartia), they’re not closely related.

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(2)¬† Small White butterfly (Pieris rapae), a.k.a. Small Cabbage White because the caterpillar is a serious pest to cabbage and other mustard family crops. Of all the butterflies I’ve photographed so far, this is the most difficult one because it kept on moving around all the time. In the end I focused on an empty spot and just hoped it would land there; it did, I got one quick click and then it was gone again.

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(3) Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria), same species as in my previous post. It’s often seen perched on a leaf in pools of sunlight, as they feed on aphid honeydew they’re rarely seen on flowers. Perhaps not the most spectacular looking of butterflies, but easy to find and often cooperative with the photographer (plus points for that!).

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PS. I’ll be traveling in Corsica (France) and Sardinia (Italy) the next coming weeks, so no posts here in a while. Arrivederci!


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Some close up shots taken with a Raynox conversion lens attached to the SX60

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A very cooperative Grasshopper

Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria)

Speckled Wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria)

Teeny tiny jumping spider

Teeny tiny jumping spider, so small I didn’t even see what it was with my naked eye


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I thought Herons only ate fish, but after studying them I realized that they eat pretty much anything. “If you can swallow it, it’s edible”, seems to be their reasoning.

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

This little Coot is just around one week old. Since the picture was taken today, I’m guessing it’s from the second or perhaps even third litter this year.

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)

A Song Thrush landed only a few meters away from me, and at the same time very loud “wailing” from a nearby tree started. Chicks begging for food! I had to walk away to make sure I didn’t disturb them, in worst case that could lead to the parents not daring to visit the nest and the chicks starving to death.

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)


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A Harris’s Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus), photographed in Lanzarote

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A male Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus), photographed in wetlands outside Amsterdam yesterday

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Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius)

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A Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), photographed outside St Petersburg, Russia a few weeks ago

It got its scientific name “rudibundus” which means “laughing” even though its cry doesn’t sound like laughing. The background story to the name is that when Linn√© named it, he used information from Ornithologia (written by Brisson in 1760) because the Black-headed gull didn’t breed in Sweden at the time so Linn√© wasn’t very familiar with it. In Ornithologia, Brisson described the Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) and the Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) as sub-species of the same art (Gavis ridibunda). Unlike the Black-headed gull though, the Laughing gull’s cry does sound like laughing- despite missing “rudibundus” in its scientific name.

If you only get a quick look at one of these gulls and want to know which one you saw, it might help you to know that the Black-headed Gull lives in Europe and Asia and the Laughing Gull in North and South America.

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A Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) standing on one foot.

This bird is also known as the Peewit or Pewit (imitative of its cry), Green Plover (emphasizing the color of the plumage) or (in the British Isles) just Lapwing (which refers to its peculiar, erratic way of flying).

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branches

Dealing with tree branches is a ‘nice’ challenge for a bird photographer! Here are three photographs of various branches….. and some birds ūüėČ

1. Dunnock (Prunella modularis). Could’ve been a nice photo if he had posed elsewhere-

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2. European Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis). A very shy bird, photographed from afar-

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3. Long-tailed Bushtit (Aegithalos caudatus). One of my favorite birds but I’ve never managed to get a good, sharp photo of any-

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A Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), photographed in Amsterdam today ūüôā A rare sight as they’re usually quite secretive, flicking into the cover of low bushes with a flash of their chestnut tail patches.

Even though the white isn’t clearly visible, this one is of the race L. svecica cyanecula (white-spotted bluethroat)

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Since 1962 the Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) is the national bird of Sweden, but that might change this year- there’s a voting process going on and on the 31st of August this year the new national bird will be announced. There are currently 30 species left in the competition, and the Blackbird is still in the race ūüôā

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PS. I’m taking a break from blogging, but I’ll be back ūüėČ


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A Black Kite (Milvus migrans), photographed in Lanzarote

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A Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos) singing praise to Spring ūüėČ

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Springtime in Amsterdam! The sun is shining and the birds are singing. If this Robin’s (Erithacus rubecula) song had lyrics, I bet the chorus would be “It’s Spring! It’s Spring!

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Perhaps the most beautiful owl in the whole world.. The Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa lapponica )

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A female Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major), drumming high up in the tree tops.. Zoomed in with my SX60