Friday, 7 May 2010

A roving report from Pam

Pam has recently returned from a weeks in Tunisia (it should have been two weeks but the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano delayed the holiday by a week) with her friend Marilyn.

Although she wasn't birding Pam did get a nice picture of a Laughing Dove taken in the hotel.

One of the interesting place they visited was El Djem or the Roman town of Thysdrus, which is home to some of the most impressive Roman remains in Africa. El Djem is famous for its amphitheatre, capable of seating 35,000 spectators. Only Rome's Colosseum (about 45,000 spectators) and the ruined theatre of Capua are larger.

I was fascinated by the pictures of the mosaics that are displayed in the museum. These were used to decorate luxury “villas” of the Roman city of Thysdrus, and are regarded as some of the most awe-inspiring relics of all Roman antiques. I like this stylised Owl, but it is the other birds round it that provide an identification quiz. Send your answers on a postcard (or in the comments below).

There are quite a number of different birds on the piece as well, I can recognise a Heron and I think there's a Bustard and a Partridge but what else?

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