Bellow are two photos from June. The first one is from Besenova reservoir - my
very favorite place. June was very rainy here in Slovakia and it was rainy also the day
I took this photo, when I was fortunate to observe this rainbow.
June 5, 2005; VN-Besenova, Ruzomberok, Slovakia
Second POM is a photo of Black-necked Grebe taken in Southern Slovakia at Martinova
pond. There were three pairs of the grebes and I spent a beautiful evening with
them. It is hard to explain what I experienced afterwards. Me legs were itching and I
got a serious rash the day after. It was so bad that I had to go and see my doctor. The diagnosis was:
"Cercarial Dermatitis" or "Swimmers' Rush". This disease is caused by a parasites, which
reproduce in ducks and other water birds. They lay eggs into water, which later develop into small
larvae in snails. Human is a false host for the larvae, and they shouldn't live long in a human, but
can cause very unpleasent troubles. I needed to take antibiotics among other pills, and
still as I am writing this I can see the rush on my legs. Never wade ponds
without waders! I will soon write a detailed article about this disease.
Podiceps nigricollis, Black-necked Grebe
June 19, 2005; VN-Martinova, Rimavska Sobota, Slovakia