Saturday, November 27, 2010

My area

Yesterday I went to a lake in my surrounding to find a Red-crested Pochard and two Tufted Ducks. There were also a Grey Heron, a Great Crested Grebe and lots of passerines. I got to see about 50 or more Blackbirds, Greenfinches, Siskins, Wrens, Robins, 3 Treecreepers, 4 Nuthatches and many, many Tits including Long-tailed, Great, Blue and a Willow Tit. Also did I see a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel... At another lake there were about 40 Mergansers and 2 Cormorants along with a Grey Heron.

Today I saw finally the Crested Tits i had been waiting for, since I had come back to Germany... But eventhough they were there for quite a long time I didn't get pictures as I was sitiing at the table couldn't stand up...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Reptiles of Ecuador

I got to see many different subspecies of Galapos Tortoises, but the only free living ones did I see on Santa Cruz. This picture though is from the Darwin Research Station
There were also Tortoises on Floreana
This picture of the South American Yellow-footed Tortoise is really a shame...
I love this picture of an Yellow-spotted Amazon River Turtle
The same Green Turtle on the beach. I found it by casuality lying there with one flipper under its corp. I called my friends and we brought it back to the water, before it had dehidrated...
A Green Turtle in its element
A got much worse views on the Spectacled Caiman than...
...on the Black Caiman.
Two young Green Iguanas
And an old one
The Santa Fé-Land Iguana looking like a dragon
And another one
Marine Iguana
Look, there is a Darwins Finch on the tail of the hind one (Medium Ground Finch I think)

Three young Marine Iguanas
A Giant Ameiva... Not that Giant I think
Those Black Tegus are really giant! This one measured around 1m
I got to see many, many young Western Basilisk, which I couldn't photograph but saw running across the water until i found this neat guy who was very patient...
Lava Lizards: The left one with the orange throat is a female...
Turniptail Geckos are coooool!
This is one of the few reptiles I didn't identify
A Collared Gecko on a leaf.
Another little lizard I couldn't ID
This one is Anolis chloris. Maybe the first reptile in Ecuador i remind seeing
Anolis aequatorialis i think, but it might be wrong aswell. But Anolis is sure, this individual shows very nicely why...

A Common Neotropical Skink. I hate it for not showing its head!!!
Boddaert's Tropical Racer. A snake species I found twice at the same location
In Tandayapa. This one had caught its meal, a lizard, which I couldn't ID either
I really have no idea on which side the head of this Amazon Tree Boa might be.
A giant (about 3m) Boa constrictor constrictor crossed our way once...
And a much smaller Boa constrictor imperator appeared suddenly in the bibliotheque of our hostel in Puerto Lopez
A young Green Anaconda curled up
this is the head of a much bigger one, probably about 2.5m

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Garden birding

Winter is coming, everybody here feels it. It is really cold and sometimes in the morning we do already have frost. So I set up a little feeder-house to watch the birds in my garden. Until now 9 bird species have visited it, eventhough I have seen 41 in or aroung my garden...
Last sunday a Greater Spotted Woodpecker visited my feeders, a bird I had been hoping for there, but that wouldn't come for a long time.

A female and I even got acceptable shots of it. Other birds I have seen there were Winter Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blue and Great Tit and Blackbird. A Magpie and a Jay tried to reach the food, but were too big for the house but a Squirrel had no problems to enter it...

Apart from that I got a few other bird species too. For example I saw my first Little Grebe in Hamburg, the first Hooded Crow and Redpolls for this winter. When I was on the Elbe I encountered many Pheasants but also the Eurasian Teals I hadn't seen at all since then.
But nevertheless I think my first encounter ever with Little Spotted Woodpecker was the best finding during the last days... Sadly I didn't have my camera with me...