London’s Ring-necked Parakeets

People used to go to London to see the Queen or St Pauls, Big Ben or the Tower of London but, these days people go to see the Shard & the Gherkin or the London Eye …..or even the parakeets.  Yes, the parakeets!

We were in Kensington Gardens and, while we knew all about the Ring-necked parakeets that populate many of London’s parks, we were astounded at how many overseas tourists visit to see them.

Psittacula krameri



Romania: other wildlife

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.

Merops apiaster
Coracias garrulus
Turdus pilaris
Anthus campestris


Spermophilus citellus
Corvus frugilegus



Romania: pelicans & cormorants

On the Danube Delta we saw hundreds of Great White Pelicans and Great Cormorants, often flocking together, plus occasional individual Dalmatian Pelicans and a handful of Pygmy Cormorants.  I captured all but the Pygmy Cormorants on camera.  The Dalmatian Pelicans are quite rare and the Danube Delta is one of the best places to see them – they look quite different to the Great Whites and the grey legs are the clearest sign in my shot – the Great White has pinkish legs.


Pelecanus onocrotalus


Pelecanus crispus


Westonbirt Bioblitz

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.

Garden Tiger Moth

Large Red Damselfly