Friday, 26 June 2015

Sunbathing Reptiles.

The boardwalk at Thursley Common is a great place to view a variety of wildlife and even to sunbathe ... that is if you are a reptile. 

On the same day that I spent some time with a pair of Teal and the fast flying Hobby (see link above) I also enjoyed getting close views of a few of the numerous Common Lizards that love to soak up the suns rays on the edge of the boardwalk.

By treading very quietly these creatures can be very accommodating but conversely if, like many visitors, you don't look where you are stepping they will immediately dive for cover. 

This one (above) was very alert ... just one click of the shutter and it immediately turned its head to see who or what might be intruding its space.

Dull brown is the typical colouring although it may be tinged red, yellow, grey or green but there is always the dark black stripe that differentiates it from the Sand Lizard that is also found on the sandy heath close by.

Linking to Saturday's Critters, Macro Monday 2 and Nature Notes.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Common Redstart.

Following on from a post entitled 'Obliging Redstart' on my main blog here are a few more images from an enjoyable close encounter at Old Lodge N.R. with a male Common Redstart.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Sylvia Songster.

Almost every woodland I stroll around at the moment the most prominent migrant songsters are the male Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla). Unlike some other warblers that like to announce their presence from a lofty open perch the Blackcap typically chooses a less obvious position much lower down in the leafy canopy sometimes totally hidden from view.

When I listen to its vocal repertoire I can understand why it is also known as the 'Northern Nightingale'.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Great Spotted Woodpecker.

A visit to a friends garden earlier this week provided an opportunity to capture a few images of a male Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus major).

All images taken 'handheld' through a double glazed window with a 70-300mm lens plus 1.4x  converter.

Linking to Saturday's Critters.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris).

I quite often hear and occasionally see a Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) during my regular patch walks but the view is usually a brief one as this tiny unobtrusive and well camouflaged species jerkily clambers up a tree trunk or a branch, probing in search of insects, only to perform a disappearing act every so often before reappearing much higher in the canopy.

Many of the mature trees have yet to gain their full green clothes so when an opportunity presented itself a few days ago I grasped the moment, pointed the lens, and hoped for a decent outcome! Fortunately it stopped very briefly before disappearing off to another more favourable feeding location but I was reasonably happy with the outcome.  FAB.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday.