Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Obelisk Position.

A male Black Darter (Sympetrum danae) regulating its temperature by pointing its abdomen towards the sun in 'the obelisk position'. I will feature my session with this delightful little dragon on my main blog in the near future.  FAB.

Shot 'handheld' with 450D plus 70-300mm lens. [ISO 200; 1/320; f7.1 @ 200mm]

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Marsh Harrier.

From the recent archives, a couple of shots of a female [Western] Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) as she drifted high above a Kent reed bed in mid June.

Linking to Feathers on Friday, Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.

Friday, 11 July 2014


A resting Comma (Polygonia c-album) soaking up the very limited sunshine during one of my patch walks earlier this week.

Both images (straight out of the camera) taken 'handheld' with Cannon PowerShot SX50 HS.  FAB.

Linking to Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Black and Yellow Dragonfly.

A chance encounter during a stroll through a area of damp woodland adjoining a Surrey heathland habitat was one of our largest dragonflies, the Golden-ringed (Cordulegaster boltinii). After making several territorial passes just inches above the water in a clear, deep sided stream overhanging with vegetation this male, with its club shaped abdomen,  perched at the same level as my feet for my first photo opportunity with this species.  FAB.

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Dark Green Fritillary.

A breezy day yesterday but I finally got the lens to focus on a Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) during a search of the grassy downland slopes below Juniper Top, Box Hill.

I managed to bag a few images of this fast and powerful flying butterfly so it will also feature on my main blog in the near future.  FAB.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Fallow Buck.

A Fallow Buck checking out what he might like for a snack. Shot during a session in Bushy Park from about 30 yards away and cropped. [f7.1; 1/250; ISO 400 @ 300mm]. 
More images will appear on my main blog very soon.  FAB.

Linking to Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Black and White Beauties.

During the past few days I have been fortunate to catch up with two of our very distinctive black and white butterflies.

Last Thursday it was the Marbled White (Melanargia galathea). Photographed amongst the tall grasses on the southern slope of the North Downs at Ranmore Common. [450D with 70-300 lens].

Today it was the turn of a White Admiral (Limenitis camilla). Photographed in a small sunlit glade along a path leading to Banks Common. [PowerShot SX50 HS].

Both species are likely to also feature in posts on my main blog very soon. During today's stroll I also saw plenty of Meadow Brown and Ringlets, Comma, Red Admiral, Large Skipper and a handful of Silver-washed Fritillary. You can view my photos of all of these species HERE.  FAB.