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Port de Soller just before dawn.

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A little way over the mountains towards Pollenca

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The lighthouse near the Refugi de Muleta signalling the western side of the Port de Soller.

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The Jardi Botanic de Soller

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A new leaf

Aristolochia spp - Pipevine, Birthwort, Dutchman's pipe

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The fruit of Magnolia Grandiflora

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Juniper berries

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Sage leaves

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Looking like a Tropical Paradise

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Sea Squill ( Urginia marítima )

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Onion Weed (Asphodelus fistulosis)

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Water Lily

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Pink spp

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The Jardi Botanic

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Soller - Doorways - Streets - Lamps - Glimpses through doorways - Luscious food

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Cap Formentor

A family of Eleonora's Falcons were flying well this morning.

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Torrent de Pareis from the road above.

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Torrent de Pareis down at the mouth.

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Torrent de Pareis

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Port de Soller

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Just need a shake.

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Just brilliant kids carts.

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The wonderful tram of Port de Soller late in the evening.

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The Arabic styled Facade actually built in the mid 18th Century

The Gardens of Alfabia Website

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The Alfabia Estate from Days out in Mallorca


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The Silk Floss Tree ( Ceiba speciosa)

This from Oddity Central

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Made for Queen Isabella's stay in 1860

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The main Courtyard

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Olive Oil press

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Soller

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The most delicate and beautiful work of Gloria Gastaldi found in a small gallery in Soller.

Her website here But it doesn't seem to show these particular works.

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More pictures can be found below.

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Wandering the streets of Soller

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Street knitting in Soller

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A big thank you to the proprietors of this wonderful hotel for allowing me to take the above photographs.

Restored and maintained in it's original Art Nouveau decoration.

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The salt pans of Es Trenc

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Samphire

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Greater Flamingo

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Prickly Pear ( Oppuntia ficus-indica)

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Far del Cap Salines

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and the land around

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A Majorcan designed double gate.



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Late night in Puerto de Soller

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Indian Bean Tree - (Catalpa bignoniodes)

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Wandering the Market day streets in Soller

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Eye candy in Soller

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Juvenile

Yellow Legged Gull ( Larus michahellis )

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The last evening

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in Puerto de Soller



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and in
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Botanic Garden

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Sanguinaria canadensis

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Superb crinkle cut leaved Viola

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Absolutely stunning Adonis vernal

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Ranunculus crenatus

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Heavenly scented Daphne blagyana

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Draba spp

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Euphorbia myrsinites

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Fritillaria aurea

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Trillium grandifloras

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Paeonia tenuifolium

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Delightful parasols of Kalmia latifolia


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Petrocallis pyranaica

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Primula spp

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Pulsatilla vulgaris

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In the Greenhouse

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Echinocactus grussonnii

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Mammillaria cetricirrha

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Psychopsis mariposa alba

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Whooper Swan ( Cygnus cygnus )

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At least a hundred Black Terns

20 or so Little Gulls

A pair of Red Necked Grebes

Marsh Harrier


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A boardwalk through this area takes you through the variety of habitats. Mire - Dry wood - Wet mire with pools.

A pair of Goosander were basking in the glow of the evening sunshine.

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Estonia hay meadow management.

Surprising few birds as I believe this is designed to increase biodiversity.

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White Stork ( Ciconia ciconia )

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Hazel Grouse nibbling the new shoots on the Silver Birch.

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Wood Warbler singing.

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Green Hairstreak ( Callophrys rubi )


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An Icterine Warbler singing from high in these trees.







Pied Flycatcher & Spotted Flycatcher also present.


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White Wagtail ( Motacilla alba )


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White Stork ( Ciconia ciconia )


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Common Crane ( Grus grus )

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Ling on a cold and frosty morning. ( Calluna vulgaris )

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Bog Rosemary ( Andromeda polifolia )

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Great Grey Shrike ( Lanius excubitor )

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Much more moist at this end of the mire.

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Fantastic breeding Black Tailed Godwit.

Flying overhead calling.



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Just down the road out of the park in a glade

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Pied Flycatcher ( Ficedula hypoleuca )

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Haeska meadows on the North Shore of Matsalu bay.

Barnacle and Whitefront on stop over. ( Branta leucopsis & Anser albifrons )

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Coats of many colours.

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Hundreds of Ruff out on the shoreline. ( Philomachus pugnax )

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Kloostri

The channel here controls the water level of the flood meadows.

Lesser Spotted Eagle on the road from Haesta to Kloostri

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A circular walk here leads out onto the reedbeeds.

White Tailed Sea Eagle breeding in the reed beds.
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Buttercup Anemone ( Anemone ranunculoides )

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Sea Buckthorn ( Hippophae rhamnoides )

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Norway Maple ( Acer platanoides )

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Bird Cherry ( Prunus padus )

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In a glade in the woodlands at the northern end of Leidissoo

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A major migration watch point.

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Oystercatcher ( Haematopus ostralegus )

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Long Tailed Duck sunning itself on the rocks. Many hundreds further out into the water. ( Clangula hyemalis )

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Hepatica ( Hepatica nobilis )

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