The old city, (click to enlarge to see the kayakers and people)
Oh Venice, you are so wonderful, and so overcrowded with tourists!
I would recommend visiting Venice, if you want to, in the off-off season.
Several years ago we visited in winter and there were no crowds, even in Piazza San Marco. It is also much less expensive.
It is cold in winter, but so lovely to see Venice as she should be seen, in all her solitary glory, with locals who are actually happy to see you.
Cheers to you from amazing, but crowded Venice~
They are considered an endangered bird due to rapid population declines in their Asian breeding grounds.
Sakers often hunt horizontally like Kestrels, not vertically like Peregrines.
I watched a Saker swoop down on an unsuspecting pigeon, but my presence, in response to the pigeon cries, called off the hunt!
Cheers to you from the remarkable and endangered Saker Falcons~
(Note: These photos were taken in raptor reserves in Europe)
Kestrels will hunt and nest in populated areas if prey is available.
Although Mandarin Duck populations are dwindling in their native Russia and Asia, some escapees from captivity are breeding in the wild in Germany and The UK. I happened upon these guys today on the Oos River in Baden-Baden Germany.