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    I hate warblers!

    I've been going backwards and forwards with this one. It's a chiffchaff, wood warbler or willow warbler. But doesn't seem completely correct for any of them. Height 800 m, wooded farmland, Switzerland. September, 2020
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    Camargue ... any ideas?

    This guy was hanging out with a bunch of sedge warblers. But he doesn't seem to be one of them. Taken today (21.7.2015). Any ideas? Reedbeds with mainly warblers and flycatchers as friends. Thanks in advance Ed
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    Anyone for a giant weevil?

    About 1 cm long, on reeds in the Camargue. I have no idea and only have a flaky internet connection on vacation. All suggestions welsome. Ed
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    I think it is a short toed eagle?

    Camargue .. initially thought it was a harrier! Anyone want to confirm (or correct) the identification? Thanks in advance Ed
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    Crane fly - C. ornata? I think

    Can anyone confirm this one? Freshly emerged in wet swampland on French Swiss border. Cheers Ed
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    This one defeats me

    On the French Swiss border near Basel. Marshlands. Low flying and behaved like a flycatcher. Initial guess something like a short toed lark but it isn't. Some kind of a warbler maybe, but it doesn't look like any that I know (or my books know) All help appreciated. Ed
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    Goldenrod Crab Spider, Switzerland

    Just enjoying the sun on a woodland path.
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    Amethyst deceiver in Switzerland

    Hello, I think that this is the amethyst deceiver (Laccaria amethystea) but I wouldn't mind if one of you experts could confirm it. The colour is just fantastic. Mixed beech and conifer forest, about 600 m height, near Basel Thanks in advance Ed
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    Egyptian Grasshopper?

    I think this is an immature Egyptian grasshopper (Anacridium aegyptium) seen in the Camargue on buddlia. Any experts out there? Thanks Ed
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    My favourite spider

    I love this one, Argiope aurantia. He/she leaves a lovely zig-zag pattern in the web.
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    Raptor expert please

    Hi Folks, Can any of you experts help me out with this one? Taken in the Camargue in a relatively dry area (for the Camargue). There are both marsh and hen harriers in the area, but this doesn't look quite right. Unfortunately, I didn't catch him/her in flight. Thanks in advance Ed
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    Any orchid experts, please

    Hi all, I think this is an Irish Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza occidentalis). Location ... about 800 m height in the Juras, boggy pastureland. Amazing sight with something like 500 blooms. I always have trouble with spotted orchids .. can anyone confirm? Thanks Ed
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    Willow this time, I think

    Hi there, I've got a pair in my garden (Switzerland, 700m), I know that most of the willow/marsh discussions end up with the conclusion that they are marsh tits, I'm fairly certain these are willow tits. There is definitely no white mark on the bill...
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    Hi from Switzerland

    Hi there, Just registered at the forum. I'm an ex-pat Brit and I live in Switzerland near Basel. Cheers Ed