Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Nature Notes: Take a Walk

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There's a canal only a few minutes from where I live and it's always a good place to see birds and other animals - I even saw a kingfisher once.

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less spectacular than a kingfisher, but still cool to watch: a Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) and a Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

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A pair of Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula), the male is the black one. They are my favourite native duck species, with their bright yellow eyes and the crest of the male (which you can see better here)

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A red eared slider turtle - someone abandoned their pet, it seems. They can survive fairly well in lakes that are deep enough even during the winter and have become an invasive species, all because people can't be bothered to do some research before buying that cute tiny turtle or take responsibility later and give the turtle up at an animal shelter when - surprise! - it grows to the site of a soup plate. If you think about getting one, consider adopting, there are countless sliders looking for a new home. Redearedslider.com has all the info you need.

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and here's a bug nymph I found - I have no clue what species it is. Bugs can radically change from one instar to the next and the nymphs often look totally different that the adult insect. But anyway, I dig the colourful markings.

Nature Notes is hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods

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