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Natural history identification help please - Portugal

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I am sorry to trouble you and although I keep saying to myself not to photograph things beyond my area of knowledge I keep falling into the same trap. I have a few that have been hanging around for months on a 'to do' list ( taken in March). I apologise for my woeful lack of knowledge and would completely understand if you do not want to offer assistance.

 

First one looks like a very common bird in a palm tree on the Algarve. Maybe not worth bothering with? What do you think and crucially want is it!?

 

 

NUMBER 1

 

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Answer received : Male House sparrow (Passer domesticus) - Thank you.

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NUMBER 2

 

On Atlantic cliff top dry sand dune environment - some sort of succulent? Looking down.

 

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A pine tree of some sort a few hundred metres inland from cliff, more sheltered, vegetated dunes, southern Portugal Atlantic coast

 

NUMBER 3

 

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Looks like a male house sparrow to me. They are a type of Finch after all.

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3 minutes ago, aphperspective said:

Looks like a male house sparrow to me. They are a type of Finch after all.

 

Many thanks. That looks spot on. 

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NUMBER 4

 

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Answer: Centaurea scabiosa, Greater knotweed - correct?

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NUMBER 5 - same area as the others

 

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NUMBER 6 - looks impossible. Like cow parsley?

 

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ANSWER :   Daucus halophilus, wild carrot - Correct?

 

 

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NUMBER 7 - last one

 

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Thanks very much for having a look.

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9 hours ago, geogphotos said:

NUMBER 4

 

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Looks like cornflower, Centaurea hypoleuca to me, but I'm not an expert.

 

Mark

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9 hours ago, geogphotos said:

I am sorry to trouble you and although I keep saying to myself not to photograph things beyond my area of knowledge I keep falling into the same trap. I have a few that have been hanging around for months on a 'to do' list ( taken in March). I apologise for my woeful lack of knowledge and would completely understand if you do not want to offer assistance.

 

First one looks like a very common bird in a palm tree on the Algarve. Maybe not worth bothering with? What do you think and crucially want is it!?

 

 

NUMBER 1

 

I0000.CDYyciPGFo.jpg

 

I0000mJ.I1aKfey0.jpg

 

 

 

Answer received House sparrow (Passer domesticus) - correct?

 

Yes, male house sparrow.

 

Mark

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Number 6 is not cow parsley - but it is almost certainly from the same family, which isn't saying much there are hundreds of umbellifers.  I have enough problems trying to identify the ones in the UK without going abroad lol.  It might be worth you doing a google search of the area it was taken and "umbellifer" and see if anything comes up.

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1 hour ago, Starsphinx said:

Number 6 is not cow parsley - but it is almost certainly from the same family, which isn't saying much there are hundreds of umbellifers.  I have enough problems trying to identify the ones in the UK without going abroad lol.  It might be worth you doing a google search of the area it was taken and "umbellifer" and see if anything comes up.

 

 

Thanks for the suggestion. I think I am going for Daucus halophilus - wild carrot at the moment.

 

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2 hours ago, M.Chapman said:

 

Looks like cornflower, Centaurea hypoleuca to me, but I'm not an expert.

 

Mark

 

Thanks for the clue. It does look like a Centaurea but there are loads of them! 

 

Centaurea phrygia???

Spotted Knapweed Centaurea stoebe??

 

 

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12 hours ago, geogphotos said:

NUMBER 4

 

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At first glance, with the extended outer florets and shape of leaves, I would say it's Greater Knapweed (centaurea scabiosa).

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12 hours ago, geogphotos said:

NUMBER 7 - last one

 

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Thanks very much for having a look.

 

This is a form of lichen but they are very dificult to identify accurately. As a rough guess it's possibly ramalina fraxinea or one of that family.

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17 hours ago, geogphotos said:

NUMBER 6 - looks impossible. Like cow parsley?

 

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Queen Anne's lace?  (Also known as Wild Carrot).  Not completely sure -- would be good to see leaves.

 

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For Number 4, I've come up with Greater Knapweed too.

Jim.

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Thanks very much to you all.

 

Centaurea scabiosa

 

 Sounds like a Harry Potter spell to turn people into half horse warty creatures..

 

I like it

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34 minutes ago, Alan Shearman said:

Hi it is a male House Sparrow 😊

 

Thanks Alan. 

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