This is a round-up of some of the wildlife seen on our Naturetrek trip in Romania that haven’t featured in any of the earlier posts. The shots below include: colourful bee-eaters, rollers and glossy ibis; new species for us – the Syrian woodpecker and Romania’s ground squirrel – the souslik; and some more regular species like the tawny pipit, fieldfare and rook.
We spent a fabulous morning taking part in the Bioblitz at Westonbirt. Nature experts took groups round the arboretum to see small mammals, butterflies, bees, wildflowers, dragonflies and more. My pictures include: marbled white, small skipper and comma butterflies; a wood mouse; large red and common blue damselflies; a pyramidal orchid (past its best); a red soldier beetle; male & female meadow grasshoppers; and a garden tiger moth.
We have seen bears before. On Vancouver Island we saw black bears on at least two occasions but I never took the opportunity to photograph them. If you want to see great pictures of black bears then visit Tofino Photography. In Romania they have European Brown Bears and, this time, I did get pictures. Our guide and a local ranger took us to a hide on the side of a steep hill that overlooked an area some 300 metres below. We saw at least four different adult bears – some gingery brown, some much darker.
Lyme Park in Derbyshire is a beautiful place to walk and a great place to see Red Deer. The main herd is clearly visible and, hidden in the long grass some distance from the herd, there are a small number of challenger stags… preparing to rut with the boss any day soon.
The Botanical Gardens in Copenhagen seemed to be a great place for red squirrels. (apologies to anyone who saw the original blog where I erroneously stated the squirrels were in Malmo – sometimes my memory is rubbish!)
Wild rabbits usually dive into their burrows as humans approach but this was one of several, in a park in Malmo, that was either more bold or more stupid than other wild rabbits. Or maybe there are less predators around…