Saturday, 13 July 2019

Κοινός καστανός αρουραίος - Brown rat - Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769) - Cyprus

The brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the common rat, street rat, sewer rat, Hanover rat, Norway rat, Norwegian rat, Parisian rat, water rat, or wharf rat, is one of the best known and most common rats.

One of the largest muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a head and body length of up to 28 cm (11 in) long, and a tail slightly shorter than that. It weighs between 140 and 500 g (4.9 and 17.6 oz). Thought to have originated in northern China, this rodent has now spread to all continents except Antarctica, and is the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America, making it, by at least this particular definition, the most successful mammal on the planet alongside humans. With rare exceptions, the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas.

Selective breeding of the brown rat has produced the fancy rat as a pet, as well as the laboratory rat – the white rats used as model organisms in biological research.

Photos Geri by George Konstantinou

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Φράγμα Κουκλιών Αμμοχώστου - Μια όαση στην καρδιά της Μεσαορίας - Kouklia dam - Cyprus.

Balkan pond turtle or western Caspian Turtle Mating (Mauremys rivulata) - Cyprus

Black-winged stilt - (Himantopus himantopus) Καλαμοκανάς - Cyprus

Juvenile Eurasian coot - Fulica atra - Φαλαρίδα - Καραπαττάς - Cyprus

Great crested grebe - Σκουφοβουτηχτάρι - Kouklia dam 6 /7 /2019 - Cyprus

Nest of Common moorhen - Gallinula chloropus - Αρκοπετειναρο, Νερόκοτα - Cyprus

Nest of Hoopoe - Upupa epops - Τσαλαπετεινός - Πουπούξιος - Cyprus

Juvenile Great crested grebe Σκουφοβουτηχτάρι Kouklia dam 6/7/2019 Cyprus

Juvenile Little grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis Νεροβούτης Νανοβουτηχτάρι Cyprus

Little grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) Νεροβούτης - Νανοβουτηχτάρι - Cyprus

Brown rat - Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout, 1769) - Κοινός καστανός αρουραίος - Cyprus

Leucistic collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto) - Cyprus

Friday, 5 July 2019

Eurasian reed warbler, reed warbler - Acrocephalus scirpaceus (Hermann, 1804) - Καλαμοποταμίδα - Cyprus

The Eurasian reed warbler, or just reed warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus) is an Old World warbler in the genus Acrocephalus. It breeds across Europe into temperate western Asia. It is migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa.
This small passerine bird is a species found almost exclusively in reed beds, usually with some bushes. Direct counts of territorial males in suitable habitat and sampling the population sex-ratio can be a proper alternative to inference-rich predictive modeling based on imperfect habitat-extrapolation of densities of reed warblers at large spatial scales.

Photos George Konstantinou at Kouklia dan 3/7/2019

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria) Παράργη η αιγερία - Cyprus

Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) Νυχτοκόρακας - Cyprus.

Common Kestrel nest (Falco tinnunculus) Κίτσης - Σιαχίνι - Ανεμογάμης

Black Whip Snake (Dolichophis jugularis) - Θερκό - Μαύρο φίδι - Cyprus.

Nest of Long-legged buzzard (Buteo rufinus) - Αετογερακίνα - 2019 - Cyprus

Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) Φλαμίνγκο - Φοινικόπτερο - Cyprus

Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) Φλαμίνγκο - Φοινικόπτερο - Cyprus.

Laughing dove in my garden - Cyprus

Crested lark nest (Galerida cristata) - Κατσουλιέρης - Κορυδαλλός - Cyprus.

Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) Σταβλοχελίδονο - Χελιδόνι - Nicosia, Cyprus.

Φράγμα Κουκλιών Αμμοχώστου - Μια όαση στην καρδιά της Μεσαορίας - Koukli...

Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) - Κάργια - Καλιακούδα - Κολίος - Cyprus.

Snake-eyed lizard - (Ophisops elegans) Αλιζαύρα - Akamas, Cyprus.

Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) Σταβλοχελίδονο - Χελιδόνι - Cyprus.

Greater sand plover - Charadrius leschenaultii - Ερημοσφυριχτής, Βραχοπλ...

Nest of Spur-winged lapwing (Vanellus spinosus) Αγκαθοκαλημάνα, Πελλοκατ...

Spur-winged lapwing (Vanellus spinosus) Αγκαθοκαλημάνα, ΠελλοκατερΊνα - ...

Juvenile Black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) καλαμοκαννας - Cyprus