Peter.D.Riley

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The Natural World Photo Gallery

A Western Green Lizard in France

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.

Habitat of the lizard.



Some pictures from North America

Giant redwood trees growing in the Muir Wood near Nappa Valley to the north of San Francisco.

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).

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.

Joshua Tree, Yucca brevifolia, growing in the Nevada Desert.



Greenland from the air

 

Gordon sent a picture he took on a recent flight to North America. He flew over Greenland on the way and here is a view of it from his window seat.Gordon's view of Greenland

 



Salmon jumping in the North of England

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.”

Salmon jumping

Salmon jumping



Pictures of the Australian natural world

Ashby’s Banksia (Banksia Ashbyi)

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 Green Tree Frog                                       Western  Bell Frog                                                                                 Litoria moorei                    Back Garden                 Commonly known as Motorbike Frog because of it’s call.

Western Rosella (Platycercus Icterotis) Front Garden – Common

Australian Ring-Necked Parrot                                                            Barnardious zonarious      Southern state forest  but common in Perth                  Commonly known as “28s” because of call

These pictures from Perth Australia have been sent in by Peter Murphy
Seed pods of Red Cap GumTree (Eucalyptus Erythrocorys)

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

From Peter in Perth, Local reserve mid October 2014

Red & Green Kangaroo Paw (Anigothanzos manglesii)

Red & Green Kangaroo Paw      (Anigothanzos manglesii)

Erect Guinea Flower (Hibbertia Riparia)

Erect Guinea Flower     (Hibbertia riparia)

Australian Magpie (Cracticus Tibicen). A member of the order Artimidae. Not related to the European Magpie.

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

Wanderer or Monarch Butterfly @ Dwellingup (SE of Perth) Danaus plexippus. only in Australia since 1871. Migrate into South of Western Australia in Summer

Immature Longhorn Grasshopper (Conocephalus Seivittatus).
Actually closer to crickets than grasshoppers.

mmature 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.

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.

Splendid Fairy Wren. (Male in display plumage) Malurus splendens The western variety of Blue fairy wren. Not related to the true Wren. More recently has been grouped in large family Meliphagoidea.  At Banksia Springs, Dwellingup.



Some photos from Lancashire and Yorkshire

Winter

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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

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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 .

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Whooper swans, Cygnus Cygnus, visit England in the winter from their nesting grounds in Northern Europe.

 

Spring

Bluebells, Hyacynthoides non-scripta, cover the woodland floor in late spring. The leaves of the deciduous trees are just busting from their buds.

Bluebells, Hyacynthoides non-scripta, cover the woodland floor in late spring. The leaves of the deciduous trees are just busting from their buds.

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The hedgehog, Erinaceus europeus, comes out of hibernation in the spring. It mainly eats slugs, earthworms and beetles.

 

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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.

Summer

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In summer the crops like wheat are harvested and their stalks are gathered to provide straw for livestock in the winter.

 

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The small tortoiseshell butterfly, Aglais urtica, is a common butterfly found throughout the United Kingdom.

 

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The goldfinch, Carduelis caruelis, forms flocks after nesting and is found feeding on seeds in fields and hedges.

Autumn (Fall)

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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



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