Thursday, 29 July 2010

Canadian and European Beavers

There are two species of beaver in Europe, the native European Castor fiberis and the introduced Canadian Castor canadensis (aka North American Beaver). The field signs of both are identical so when finding marks and signs (such as in this photo) it is hard to decide which species is responsible. Photo taken in the Patvinsuo National Park, Finland where apparently only Canadian Beaver occurs.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Elk droppings

Elk Alces alces droppings. Near Kuhmo, Finland, July 2010. Mobile phone placed alongside for size comparison.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Fieldfare Nest

Fieldfare Turdus pilaris nest in a hide in the Bialowieza NP, Poland, May 2010.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Barn Swallow nest

Partially built nest of Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica, Hortobagy, Hungary, June 2010.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Red-backed Shrike Larder

Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita impaled on a thorn by Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio. This small shrike is known as the "butcher bird" in folk-English because of its habit of storing prey in this way, on thorns, sharp twigs, barbed wire, etc, so-called larders. The victim is half-eaten and there is a parasitic wasp on the exposed flesh near the thorn. Aggtelek, Hungary, June 2010.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Shell of Roman Snail

Shell of Roman Snail Helix pomatia. Aggtelek, Hungary, June 2010. Aka "Edible Snail".