Thursday, 30 April 2009

Pine Processionary Moth Tent

So-called "tent" created by the larvae of the Pine Processionary Moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa. Skradin, Croatia, April 2009. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Robin's Pin Cushion Gall

This attractive growth is a wasp gall, created by a small wasp species Diplolepis rosae. The grub inside the gall feeds on the plant before emerging. The gall also provides a home to many other creatures. Photo taken near Visovac, Krka NP, Croatia, April 2009. 

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Rock Partridge Dropping

Fresh dropping of Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca. Paklenica National Park, Croatia, April 2009. 

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Red Squirrel and Red Fox Tracks

Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris (from left to right) and Red Fox Vulpes vulpes (from bottom to top) paw tracks crossing each other in snow. Slovensky Kras NP, Slovakia, March 2009.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Red Squirrel Tracks

Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris paw tracks in snow. Slovakia, March 2009.

Friday, 10 April 2009

Red Deer Hoof Print

Hoof print of a Red Deer Cervus elaphus in snow. The large size (one Euro coin for comparison) indicates a stag. The roundness of the print suggests a forehoof though the edges of the print are blurred due to the snow having melts a little. Note that there are no dew-claw marks.  

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Wolf & Red Deer Tracks

This photo taken in March 2009 in the Slovensky Kras NP in Slovakia, shows the tracks of both Wolves and Red Deer. The wolves had crossed a stream, picked up the trail of deer on a path and followed them up a hillside.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Cone gnawed by Red Squirrel

Pine cone gnawed by Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris Lednice, Czech Republic, March 2009. The seed-scales are removed whole and the seeds extracted. Such cones are often found piled on the ground below trees and sometimes in piles on tree-stumps.

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Red Deer Droppings

Fresh Red Deer Cervus elaphus droppings. Volovske Mountains, Slovakia, March 2009. Mobile phone for size comparison. 

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Wild Boar Wallow

Wild Boar Sus scrofa wallow. Slovensky kras, Slovakia, March 2009. Boar and deer both make wallows. Boar wallows are often in more open places than those made by red deer which are usually at more secuded, forested sites. Hoofprints around wallows are often the best way to identify exactly who uses them.