May 2018

22nd. Working with Dr Ransome among the ransomes. The wild garlic is in full bloom now. Photograph from Woodchester where we did a bat catch. A lesser whitethroat was singing outside the mansion.

wild garlic

10th-13th. Venice. Not much wildlife - yellow-legged gulls everywhere including the Piazza San Marco, great and little egrets around the lagoon. Common and little terns there too. Photos with the Fujifilm X70, a couple with the iPhone.

Venice Lagoon

Hetty

yellow-legged gull

Canals

Venice

Venice

Venice

Venice

Bridge of Sighs

Rialto Bridge

Floating fruit market

from the gondola

gondola repair yard

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

Doge's Palace

Doge's Palace

Doge's Palace

Doge's Palace

Doge's Palace

Basilica San Marco and Piazza Saint Marco

Piazza St Marco

around Basilica San Marco

Basilica San Marco

Basilica San Marco

Basilica San Marco

Basilica San Marco

Basilica San Marco

Basilica San Marco

Basilica San Marco

Street art

Venice street art

Venice

A Warhol, Chagall and Pollock from the splendid Guggenheim Collection.

Warhol

Chagall

Pollock

Two pieces of Pre-Columbian art from an exhibition in the Palazzo Loredan that seem to be influenced by bats.

Pre-Columbin arta

Pre-Columbian art

Then back over Barrow Tanks before landing at Bristol Airport.

Barrow Tanks

9th. Green-winged orchids in flower, Ashton Court.

green-winged orchids

7th. Swifts seen towards Clifton from Bishopston.

6th. Ham Wall RSPB during the warmest Spring Bank Holiday on record.

Hairy dragonflies are on the wing.

hairy dragonfly

Male marsh harrier in front of Glastonbury Tor.

marsh harrier

marsh harrier

Bittern.

bittern

Bittern

Bittern

Bittern

Great egret.

Great egret

Great egret

Great egret

The bird below (AAF) is a male ringed at Ham Wall last year.

Great egret

Great egret rings

Great egret

It's great to see ravens breeding in the city. There are at least 2 young being fed on a platform at the St Michael's hospital chimney, viewable from the Skylounge at work. At least 3 youngsters are about to fledge at St Werburgh's church.

Ravens

3rd. Bluebells looking good in Leigh Woods.

bluebells

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