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Mother duck said quack quack quack quack
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I popped outside for a quick canalside walk after lunch and had to go pelting back to the house to get my camera. Because DUCKLINGS!
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The harlequin ladybirds, Harmonia axyridis, are awakening from their hibernation in my window frames. Yesterday one of them walked across the carpet to my tiny plastic Dalek and bit it repeatedly all over, so I got my camera out. I'm not sure it counts as common nature exactly....

Tiny Dalek suffering an unprovoked attack by an even tinier harlequin ladybird saboteur

Cricket

Sep. 18th, 2015 01:46 pm
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Cricket
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I *think* this is a cricket (a speckled bush-cricket). If I'm right, that means we have both grasshoppers and crickets in our garden!
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Works very hard to extract each peanut from the feeder, then flies to sit on the branch and munch on it.
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If you have access to an infrared camera, you might as well set it up in your back garden at night, y/y? We have hedgehogs!
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The oregano, up until the recent spate of wet and windy weather, was smothered in butterflies. I've counted six small tortoiseshells, two gatekeepers, a comma, a peacock and this small skipper on our modestly sized plant at once, along with many bees (bumble and honey), flies and beetles. Sometimes I don't know where to point my lens, I'm so spoiled for choice.
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I was pulling out bindweed in the garden when I disturbed this moth. I raced inside to get my camera, hoping it would stay put long enough for me to photograph it, and it did!
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The toddler and I followed this large white butterfly from flower to flower for about fifteen minutes on this very sunny morning.
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Found this little friend on the stairs yesterday.
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The oregano is in bloom again, and the bees and the butterflies are all over it! Today we spotted two small tortoiseshells and a comma feasting on it. Managed to get a good capture of the comma.
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I think these little moorhens must be pretty new! They were cheeping incessantly at their parents as we strolled along the towpath on the opposite side of the canal.


"Mum, I'm huuuuungry, Mum."

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I was out walking when I saw a wide variety of colourful but broken snail shells, which were probably evidence of a serial-killing thrush. A bird either dropped snails onto the hard surfaces from a height or, more likely in this case, held a snail in their beak and bashed it, before extracting the snail from the broken shell and eating it or feeding it to a nearby baby bird.

05 Snail massacre, probably by a thrush, Cheltenham 06-15

Link to a larger image on flickr.
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Beach between Minehead and Dunster in West Somerset, UK, on a midsummer day with onshore winds of 30mph+/48kph and temperatures as high as 12C/53F. :-)

03 Beach with flowers, Minehead 06-15

The flowers are red valerian, Centranthus ruber, and yellow horned poppy, Glaucium flavum.
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The goldfinches are on the nyger seed feeder almost every day, but the green finch is a less frequent and shyer visitor. I was delighted to get a shot of one bobbling about on the perch, finally!
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Cruising along the canal.

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