The skylark has this odd habit of flying straight up, and then drifting down. Sometimes it is the only way to find these birds as they are usually on the ground and quite camouflaged. I spotted this one in the open and got some pics of it on the ground, taking off, going up and going down.
There are a number of islands south of Fredrikstad, Norway, just shy of the Swedish border. It is a pretty enough place, but sometimes the clouds and sky are the attraction. I was there for some fishing, so couldn't go gadding about trying to find the best sky shots, but here is one I did take, and does not do justice to some of the skies that we saw today. Plus a couple boat shots.
So, while I had fun and saw some really nice scenery, the pics today are average at best.
And a clarification of the flower from the last post. It is Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), a common springtime flower of open spaces (the ID has been added). I did not identify the fly that was on it.
Egyptian fruit bat
Few bats have an eyeshine when hit with a light, but the Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) does. This makes for an interesting visual effect when in a cave with these bats. Photos from Leopard's Hill Cave in Zambia.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist