Tag Archives: fauna

The asymmetry of Owls

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Bates, Henry Walter

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Falco naumanni

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One day, we went to an abandoned house. More like a mini-castle. On a hill close to Cordoba, where we were based.

There was a family of Lesser Kestrels that flew out of it when we arrived, and soon we found out why: at least one couple (were they a family? Or just couples living together?) had a teeny tiny little chick resting in the eaves of the house. I managed to take lots and lots of photos – they were obviously very worried and we left without wasting time. I picked up a few feathers walking out … and only when I was home saw that they probably belonged to the female bird I had taken a photo of.

A painting was a must.

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The two feathers are real

Cyanistes caeruleus

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During my time as a field assistant in Cordoba, Spain (the south. The hot, hot south), we worked with quite a few species of birds. One was the Blue Tit. Their song was also quite cute, and they spent a lot of time staring at us while we checked their nests!

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Here’s the call (with a nice sheep background)

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I was unsure on how to call this composition. “Curiosity”? “Stares”? Not sure. What do you think?

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Testudo hermanni

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Because tortoises are one of my favourite animals.

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