Friday, 10 October 2014

Grey Heron.


In most locations where I encounter a Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) they are very flighty and don't allow a close approach. More recently I have had much better experiences with several individuals in Bushy Park where they are far more tolerant of human movements.

This week one individual was on sentry duty but later flew down to allow some rewarding close photos.


Linking to Camera CrittersSaturday's Critters and I'D-Rather-B-Birdin' FAB.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Black-tailed Godwit.


To compliment the post on my main blog I'm sharing a few more images of the Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa) that I watched feeding and preening inside the North Wall at Pagham Harbour on the weekend.


These birds are slowly changing from their colourful full summer plumage into their plain grey winter garb.

Linking to WILD BIRD WEDNESDAY.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Wasp Spider.


A female Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi), whose body is as big as a 2p piece, photographed at Tices Meadows on 18th September using my PowerShot SX50 HS.

A species native to the Mediterranean area that was first recorded at Rye on the south coast in 1922 and  subsequently spread throughout the south-east of UK. In 2007 it was reported that after years of milder winters this species had rapidly spread northwards. Last year the first sightings were reported from South Wales and East Anglia.   FAB.

Linking to Camera Critters.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Beating Wings.


A Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) in hover mode. There will be more images of this species on my main blog very soon.  FAB.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

The Blues.


 Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus).
Photographed on 6 June at Denbies Hillside.

 Silver-studded Blue (Plebeius argus).
 Photographed on 26 June at Whitmoor Common.

Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus).
Photographed on 26 July at Epsom Common.

Chalkhill Blue (Lysandra coridon).
Photographed on 28 July at Denbies Hillside.

Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus).
Photographed on 18 August at Denbies Hillside.

A roundup of the blue flutters I have encountered locally during the past few months.  FAB.

Linking to Macro Monday 2.

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.