The Natural World Photo Gallery
From Richard and Julia – We met this male Western Green Lizard (Lacerta Bilineata) walking down from the Cathar Castle at Peyrepertuse in the French Pyrenees.
Habitat of the lizard.
Giant redwood trees growing in the Muir Wood near Nappa Valley to the north of San Francisco.
River flowing through an area known as the Tioga Pass in the Yosemite National Park (Sierra Nevada Mountains).
Joshua Tree, Yucca brevifolia, growing in the Nevada Desert.
Tabitha aged 9 has sent in this picture and description:
“One day, we went to see salmon jumping. It was an amazing experience. The salmon were jumping really high, flapping their tail fins, trying desperately to get up. When they hit the water, you could hear them slapping themselves against the rock. Only one that we saw made it. He was huge. There were three bits to the waterfall that I went to. Not many got past the first bit, because it was so high. All you could see when they went back down was splashing water as the salmon struggled to get back up. Some baby ones attempted it, but didn’t reach the top of the first bit when I was watching. It was amazing to watch.”
Ashby’s Banksia (Banksia Ashbyi)
Western Green Tree Frog
Western Bell Frog (Litoria Moorei) Back Garden
Commonly known as Motorbike Frog because of its call.
Western Rosella (Platycercus Icterotis) Front Garden – Common
These pictures from Perth Australia have been sent in by Peter Murphy
Seed pods of Red Cap GumTree (Eucalyptus Erythrocorys)
From Peter in Perth, Local reserve mid October 2014
Red & Green Kangaroo Paw (Anigothanzos manglesii)
Erect Guinea Flower (Hibbertia Riparia)
Australian Magpie (Cracticus Tibicen). A member of the order Artimidae. Not related to the European Magpie.
Wanderer or Monarch Butterfly @ Dwellingup (SE of Perth) (Danaus Plexippus).
Only known in Australia since 1871, they migrate into South of Western Australia in Summer
Immature Longhorn Grasshopper (Conocephalus Seivittatus).
Actually closer to crickets than grasshoppers.
Galah (Eolophus Rosecapilla)
Also called rose-breasted cockatoo, galah cockatoo, roseate cockatoo or just the ‘pink and grey’ One of the most common of cockatoos, and often seen in noisy groups. An agricultural nuisance as are most of the cockatoo family.
Splendid Fairy Wren (Malurus splendens).
Male in display plumage. The western variety of Blue fairy wren that is not related to the true Wren. More recently has been grouped in large family Meliphagoidea. At Banksia Springs, Dwellingup.
Countryside of fields and hedges is covered in snow. Almost all the trees have lost their leaves for the winter but there are two small holly trees which are evergreen and keep in leaf through all seasons of the year
Clumps of snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, cover the woodland floor in late winter and early spring. The trunks of the trees are coved in a plant climber called ivy, Hedera helix .
Whooper swans, Cygnus Cygnus, visit England in the winter from their nesting grounds in Northern Europe.
Bluebells, Hyacynthoides non-scripta, cover the woodland floor in late spring. The leaves of the deciduous trees are just busting from their buds.
The hedgehog, Erinaceus europeus, comes out of hibernation in the spring. It mainly eats slugs, earthworms and beetles.
The song thrush, Turndus philomelos, nest in the spring and may raise up to three brood of chicks. This pair of birds nested close to a bedroom window. Derek could photograph them without disturbing them.
In summer the crops like wheat are harvested and their stalks are gathered to provide straw for livestock in the winter.
The small tortoiseshell butterfly, Aglais urtica, is a common butterfly found throughout the United Kingdom.
The goldfinch, Carduelis caruelis, forms flocks after nesting and is found feeding on seeds in fields and hedges.
These deciduous trees have lost the green chlorophyll from their leaves but still contain other plant pigments making them yellow orange and brown. In the weeks after this picture was taken the trees lost their leaves except for the evergreen ones in the centre of the picture.
The warm damp conditions of autumn make fungi produce fruiting bodies we call toadstools as they feed on fallen logs and plant remains in the soil. The log has laid in the wood for some time and its top is covered with a mat type moss.
The jay, Garrulus glandarius, is feeding on seeds put out to help it build up its body to survive the winter to come.
Photographs by Derek Whitford, captions by Peter Riley