Monday, April 25, 2016

25/04/2015 A few photos from home and a couple of shots from when we were away last week.

Maximum temperature 14C, Minimum 0C.  32 km/h  NW wind.  Ice on the bird bath this morning!
Choisya ternata.

Blue bells.

Canadian maple.


Common Lizard.

Red robin.

As above, but the buds and early opening flowers are much pinker,


White-cheeked pintail (Anas bahamensis), not native to France but it is popular in wildfowl collections,  escapees are frequently seen in a semi-wild condition in Europe.  Seen swimming in the moat at Sauveterre de Rouergue.

What I believe to be a Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) also seen swimming in the moat.  Also known as a Carolina duck.


  1. The crispness on your macro shots astounds me. The light in the deep red tulip is rich.

    1. Thanks Gaelyn, thank goodness we can now throw useless pictures out so we can pick the best!!! The sun was perfect on the tulip yesterday but today the rain has returned :-( Guess it is better than your snow :-) Diane

  2. Hello Diane,
    I envy the sunshine in these photos!
    I was hoping for decent light this morning, but it is very cloudy again so no kingfisher pics as planed by the lake :(
    Ah well, it gives time to blog a bit!
    I admire the White-cheeked pintail, first time I see one... from its name I gather it originates in the Bahamas?!
    I hope you are well, I am still running to find a nice rent...
    Warm hugs, enjoy your week :)

    1. Hi Noushka, cloudy here today!! Yes it originates from the Bahamas also known it seems as the Bahamas Pintail.
      I hope you find something suitable very soon as it must be difficult being in between and not knowing! Look after yourself, good luck and big hugs Diane

  3. Both of the ducks are correctly identified and are quite stunning. Wood Duck is a common native species here.

    1. Thanks David I knew I could count on you giving me an OK or correcting me if I was wrong. I was lucky that day to have the long lens with me!!! Diane


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