A few of my holiday/trip images to end the year with!
Portugal September 2017.
Black Stork in flight and one sighted preening whilst perched! Awesome to see and a change from the White Storks.
Little Owl tree! Can you spot it?
Azure-winged Magpies enjoying a drink from a puddle on a car park.
Cattle Egret about to hitch a lift!
Praia de Beliche, Sagres.
Needless to say I filmed the video and did not participate in any Windsurfing, though it did look good fun!
Menorca October 2017
A Speckled Wood as has been pointed out to me.;-)
Spider webs, seen whilst walking through vegetation! There were hundreds of webs!!
Blue Rock Thrush
Egyptian Vultures..it was late.:-)
The Menorquina was formerly a triple-purpose breed, used as a draught animal and for milk and meat production; it is now raised mainly for dairy use.
This beautifully situated lighthouse to the north of Es Mercadal, was built in 1857, it is built 90 meters above the sea level, and has dramatic cliffs surrounding it. According to records, one year prior to its construction there were eight shipwrecks in the area. The actual light is now run by solar panels and batteries – and it can shine up to 36 miles.
Gates in Menorca made from the olive tree. The olive wood is tremendously strong. Each branch is split in two so that you have a symmetrical gate. All the gates use the same pattern.
On a walk to a gorge (on a hot day) which is known to have roosting Egyptian Vultures we had great views of 2 perched Egyptian Vultures after a while they took flight! I now have 2 young Grandsons with happy memories they will keep forever of a super 'Birding' walk!
WWT Martin Mere and Marshside. November 2017.
An assemblage of Wildfowl.
Pink-footed Geese were seen and heard in great numbers! A wonderful experience that never fails to amaze!
Join the dots?
A perched Merlin was the highlight and very nice it was too.
Blackpool Tower in the distance.
Back to Martin Mere.
A busy hide!!!
The berries were being enjoyed by several Blackbirds!
The Geese were spooked by a Marsh Harrier.
I can see a bird in this image. Can you?
The Starling roost was a great spectacle and great finale to what had been a super long weekend in Lancashire.
All that's left now is for me to wish all bloggers and readers of blogs and anyone else who just happens by a Happy and Healthy New year 2018.
Have a good 'un!