Saturday, July 29, 2017

29/07/2017 In the garden once more!

Maximum temperature 29, minimum 13C.   14 km/h NW winds with 19 km/h gusts. Some rain this morning but not measured.
They are back :-) Hoopoe (Upupa epops)

Parent in front and baby behind...

Wow, Mum has got me a caterpillar...

Yum yum.

Common blue (male) - (Polyommatus icarus)
(I think; there are so many similar blues.) ...

As above

Graphosoma lineatum.

Jersey Tiger Moth (Euplagia quadripunctaria) on the green tomatoes.

Just down the road from the house...

Taken with the little Samsung so not very sharp!

10 comments:

  1. I am hooked on these Hoopoe birds now, Diane! Every time I see them I smile. Beautiful series of photos, thank you!

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    1. They are such lovely birds, they were quite common in Africa but we are lucky that some migrate to Europe in summer. Have a good day Diane

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  2. fantastic shots. There is that strange looking bird that we do not have here! Thank you always for your kind remarks on my blog.

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    1. African Hoopoe, we are lucky they like Europe in the summer months and visit us. Take care Diane

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  3. What wonderful birds! And we saw lots of fields of sunflowers when we were in Switzerland.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Right time of the year for sunflowers, there seem to be more than normal this year. Have a great day Diane

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  4. These Hoooes obviously love your garden Diane, and why wouldn't they with all those juicy insects and butterflies to munch on! Great backyard bird to be sure.

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    1. I love the hoopoes here also as if the ground is soft enough they get rid of the pests in the lawn which I think are leather jackets!! Sadly they are only here in summer but that is better than nothing :-) Cheers Diane

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  5. What a wonderful selection of images from your garden, Diane. I think that you're probably correct in your ID of the blue butterfly as a Common Blue - common they might be, but that doesn't make them any less delightful. What I'm really envious of, however, is those Hoopoes. How lucky are you to have them visiting!

    With my very best wishes - - - Richard

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    1. Richard can you imagine the hoopoes visiting you, it would cause a crowd to converge on you I think :-))) I am so delighted to see them here and they get rid of the horrible caterpillars that are eating our grass roots!!!
      Another blue today and this one I am less sure about, but the photos were not good enough to determine which blue it might have been.
      Thanks for the comment. Cheers Diane

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