Saturday, April 14, 2018

14/04/2018 Yesterday's photos today, but I still have more to catch up on as well!!

Maximum temperature today 16C, minimum 9C.   2 mm of rain measured this morning; 12 km/h South Easterly winds with up to 32 km/h gusts.
Total rainfall so far this year now 437 mm.

A lone bee in the cherry tree, but not being accommodating for photos!

Also anti photos, was what I believe to be a wasp in the Acer blossom.

Buzzing by at speed in the lawn, possibly the same wasp as above.

Les gendarme beetles (Pyrrhocoris apterus).

Ground ivy everywhere!

Wild violets.

Then I saw my first small common lizard of 2018. So happy they are back...

followed by a larger one checking to see if it was safe to come out...

obviously it was

Just a bit later, I saw that love was in the air...

As above.

RIP little shrew - damn barn cats!!



N.B. My new bird blog is HERE 
Part 4 of the birds I saw last year in Africa.

25 comments:

  1. It is a treat to see lizards! Thanks for sharing, Diane.

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    1. Marie I am so happy to see them back, although it means we do not have so many birds in the garden who are winter visitors. Have a great Sunday, Diane

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  2. This time you took pictures of some unusual (for me) wildlife. I am thrilled.

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    1. Presumably you mean the lizards, they take over from the birds in summer, so I am sure you will be fed up with them by the time winter arrives again :-) I love them, and generally, so long as I do not move too fast, they are a pleaure to photograph. Happy Sunday Diane

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  3. Super, super nice! Love the blue flowers!

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  4. Surely of the creatures you are now seeing the lizards indicate that spring has arrived. They are indeed delightful and I never tire of seeing your pictures of them. As for feral cats, the amount of carnage they cause to wildlife is simply staggering - and domestic cats are not far behind.

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    1. I have to agree all round, it certainly looks like spring is here with the lizards appearing. As for the poor little shrew...... have a good day Diane

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  5. Ooh, you have a bird blog! I'll hop over to check it out soon.

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    1. Think you will enjoy it Monica, when you have time. Cheers Diane

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  6. Hi Diane, I can see sunshine in your photos. That's wonderful. I love the lizard, he is very good to keep still and allow you to photograph him. My garden lizards never keep still long enough for me to get a decent photo.

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    1. We have a bit of sun around but we also still have rain! I love the the lizards, they can fascinate me for hours. Take care Diane

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  7. Great photos! I love the beetles but the lizard is a bit scary, even in a photo :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Nothing scary about the lizards, they keep the fly population down :-) Take care Diane

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  8. All wonderful photos, I especially like the red beetles, how cool is that? 😂

    Wishing you a fabulous week!🌞

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    1. Thanks Geraldine, I think those beetles always look like an African mask. Hope you also have a good week Diane

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  9. Oh yea, spring is in the air. Love the lizards in love.

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    1. I was delighted to see them out and about, but they seem to have taken cover again!! Have a great week Diane

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  10. Beautiful photos, Diane. Oh I love spring!!! And these lizards in love are so cute! Kisses, my friend.

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    1. Mia I also love the lizards and spring is definitely on its way. Take care Diane

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  11. Poor little shrew. Great shots of the lizards. Looks like spring is happening in your garden.

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    1. Spring is here on some days and not others but hopefully it will saty with us very soon!! Have a fab week t'other Diane

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  12. Nice to see the bees and beetles! Bees and butterflies are too fast and never keep still long enough for me!

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    1. We have a few insects back but with all the blossom I would expect far more :-( Take care Diane

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  13. Beautiful shots. Cool lizards. Don't have anything like that in my yard but I would enjoy watching them if I did. Loving your spring shots.

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