Hi, I'm Rudi, i'm 8 years old and my favourite book is 'Tarka the Otter' by Henry Williamson. Its about the life of an otter named Tarka and British Wildlife. One night i was reading the book with my dad and i said that i wanted to see all the animals in the book, he said i should do it and call it the Tarka Challenge. My Tarka Challenge started on 1st January 2012. The book contains 89 birds, 54 land based animals, 120 plants and 56 aquatic organisms.

The rules are simple, i must either see each thing myself or photograph it using my trail camera. I will try and see each thing on my local patch (Ogmore River Catchment) but may need to look somewhere else in Britain.

A nice Suprise

The fish on my list are very hard to see so I was very happy when my uncle turned up at the house with this -

Its a fish from my list!! My uncle found it dead on the beach and dropped it round the house for me to see, lucky it was still fresh so it was not smelly!

Plaice (Pleuronectes platessa)
Is a flat fish found in the sea (you might also find some unlucky ones in the fish and chip shop!).

It is a common flatfish, occurring on the sandy and muddy bottoms of the European shelf, usually at depths between 10 and 50 m, where they tend to burrow in sediment during day time and remain stationary for long periods. They can be found at depths up to approximately 200 m. Young fish in particular come right inshore in very shallow water. They are able to survive low salt concentrations and may occur in some cases in brackish water or even in freshwater. The European plaice is characterised above by their darkgreen to darkbrown skin, blotched with conspicuous, but irregularly distributed, orange spots. The underside is pearly white. The skin is smooth with small scales. They are able to adapt their colour somewhat to match that of their surroundings but the orange spots always remain visible

1 comment:

  1. I love your blog!
    You should keep on posting-you haven't posted since april 2014! its december 2014 now!
    I am doing a similar blog to yours, but mainly with small animals.