This male Gadwall struck us as being very pale last weekend.
Obviously a male and moulting out of eclipse. The dark tail pattern has yet to develop and all the darker mantle feathers are not showing yet. Is this 'normal' or is there some indication of mixed parentage. I would welcome any comments.
I got the attached spectogram using Echometer touch 2 this Feb in Erfoud in Southern Morocco.
I suspect it is one of the pipistrelles, it certainly looked like it, but is it possible to identify from the spectogram?
There is so little info about Moroccan bats that I can find, I am not...
The attached photo shows a frog seen in February near Iriri (GPS point:30.939, -7.210).
I assume that it is a North African Water Frog (Pelophylax saharicus), but it seems to be at the extreme edge of colouring; no greens at all, no vertebral line.
If so, is this colouring a result of...
I have recently returned from the Sahara edge near Erfoud in Morocco.
The attached plant/shrub was common in flashes and water courses following the rains in October. It was generally mixing with Euphorbia calyptrata.
It had long stopped flowering, but it was covered with pods. The most...
I read that the Budget birders (https://budgetbirders.com) Ross and Melissa Gallardy are doing a trip to Africa Dec 19-Oct 20.
No details of their plans as yet that I can find.
Set me wondering what is the current year record for the continent?
I looked at eBird and the recent highest list...
I would be delighted for any assistance in identifying the attached dragonfly. I had assumed it must be a Basker but can't find a match.
Found far from water in acaccia in Erongo mountains.
I saw this orchid about a week ago near Rasnov on the edge of the Romanian Carpathians.
I had previous found Heath spotted, Common spotted, Early marsh and Heart flowered marsh. This one struck me as different, but acknowledging that this group is the master of hybridisation.
Could this be D...
All the attached were taken last week in the Minervois in France. Ophrys were plentiful, mainly lutea and a few scolopax and fuscus.
I found the ealy spider orchid types and associated confusing and attach a few that I would welcome any comments on potential species/subspecies or hybrids.
Seen last week at the Rec above Gruissan near Narbonne, this lizard had me pondering due to the large lateral pale strip.
There doesn't appear to be a picture of this type, but the text mentions this can be a feature of CWL. The relatively long snout seems to fit - maybe.
Still trying to get...
I attach a couple of pictures of Swallowtails seen in Sicily last month.
The upperside appears to be very similar to the pictures I have seen of Corsican Swallowtail, however the underside (admittedly not the best) appears to be wholly consistent with a "normal" swallowtail.
Can anyone point...
Attached is a photo of a female Willow Spreadwing in Sicily last week - not the best but the best of the bunch I took.
I understand that both Western and Eastern occur. The pterostigmas are darker than I would expect for Western but is it an Eastern?
Thoughts would be most welcome.
I have seen flamingos offshore in flight before. But yesterday I was surprised to see a Greater Flamingo about 1km offshore in the south coast of Sicily. It was not in distress but on its own. Bobbing along quite happily.
It was also then able to lift from the sea and carried on flying...