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Banded demoiselle
Banded demoiselle perched on the roof of the woodshed. The toddler was delighted.

We get these damselflies as well as dragonflies flitting through our canal-side garden every year, but they don’t often stop and say hello.
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Brimstone butterfly
[Macro image of a female brimstone butterfly sitting on a green leaf, with lovely veined and spotted green wing underside on display.]

I am thrilled to have taken this photo. Brimstones visit our garden every summer, but I've never seen one actually have a lengthy rest in it, let alone allow me to get this close with my giant macro lens and pap it repeatedly.
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Speckled bush cricket
[Macro image of speckled bush cricket sitting on the backs of my fingers.]

Made smol friend!
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I get the impression these are perfectly normal birds in the UK, but they're quite a novelty to me. Those fancy collars! There were three in the yard of the pub we stayed in, but they wouldn't sit still to be photographed. Here's one from the walk into town:

Tawny owl

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:50 am
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Short-eared owl
[Grainy photo of a short-eared tawny owl sitting on a lawn]

I know this isn't the greatest photo of all time. In my defense, I did take it from behind a dusty windowpane in an upstairs bedroom where I was crouched breathlessly lest I frighten it off.

There've long been barn owls living at my partner's parents' home in rural Norfolk, but I'd never seen any other type of owl there. I was surprised, therefore, to see this tawny owl (h/t to [personal profile] shapinglight for corrected identification) sitting on their lawn at dusk a couple of weeks ago. I worked out that it was watching a group of four partridges who were pecking through the pebbles in the drive, closer to the house. They seemed a rather optimistic target, given that the owl wasn't much bigger than they were.

The owl flew off and returned to the lawn several times whilst I watched, but never made a move on the partridges, who eventually moved onto the roof of the house and over to the other side.
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Comma butterfly
[Macro images of a comma butterfly from the side, wings partially open, with its brilliant orange and black colour scheme & scalloped edges in view.]

I was getting a bit worried that the oregano and lavendar were in bloom and I had yet to see many butterflies in our Worcestershire garden. Today, though, I saw three cabbage whites, a very tattered small tortoiseshell, two skippers and two speckled woods. This was a tremendous relief. I also disturbed quite a number of white plume moths whilst clearing out weeds. They all flitted into the hedgerow, which I left untouched, so I'm hopeful they weren't too put out.

Ducklings

Jun. 19th, 2017 02:08 pm
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Ducklings!
[Two ducklings, one facing the camera and one showing us its fluffy backside.]

Someone left the top gate on our canal lock open today and these two plus their four siblings got stuck at the far end of the lock next to the closed gate. They couldn't scramble out to meet their momma standing on the lock edge. I went out to chivvy her back toward the open gate, and luckily the ducklings trapped in the lock followed her all the way out the gate, which I shut behind them. All seem to be okay if a little peeved with me, and I can take it!
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Cardinal Beetle
[Macro image of a cardinal beetle peering over the top of a postcard.]

This visitor landed on my toddler when he was playing outside yesterday evening. Toddler was delighted.
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Pink aquilegia
[Macro image of a pink aquilegia flower that is just past its prime and a little big bug-nibbled but still beautiful.]

Our aquilegias are in full flower. I took this on an unexpectedly warm, sunny day yesterday here in Worcestershire, UK.
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Bleeding hearts

We planted these in our Worcestershire, UK garden last year, and they've come up beautifully this spring.
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Mother duck said quack quack quack quack
[Click to embiggen.]

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!

Itchy nose

Jan. 27th, 2017 12:28 pm
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Scratch that itch, sheep
Fluffy sheep had an itchy nose. Fluffy sheep was determined to scratch that itch!
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Sparrows in hedgerow

I went for a walk on a cold, clear, crisp morning here in the UK Midlands, and these two gave me a very thorough squiz from their vantage point above the footpath!

Blue tit

Dec. 9th, 2016 08:14 am
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Blue tit

Winter's nearly here in the UK Midlands. Heralding its impending arrival are the flocks of adorable little floofy birds that frequent our feeders. :)
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Speckled wood butterfly (side)
Speckled woods are allegedly quite common in the UK, but they're also rather shy so I've never had the opportunity to be this close to one before. I think this one is female. It was enjoying a repast of raspberries up at the more tangly end of our garden.

+1, clear view of wing pattern )
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Small tortoiseshell butterfly
[click to embiggen]

We hadn't seen many butterflies this year until the past week, when it suddenly got warm. I was starting to worry because the oregano was in full bloom and our usual swarm of small tortoiseshells hadn't turned up yet. They have now (and there was much rejoicing). Prior to that I'd only seen the occasional cabbage white, a single peacock and a solitary painted lady, which was never around when I had my camera out.

I spent a pleasant half hour trying to get the perfect shot of one of the tortoiseshells. This is SOOC (straight off of camera, uncropped and unedited), and I'm pretty happy to have captured it.
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Five spot burnet moth
Five spot burnet moth in our Worcestershire, UK garden.
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Iridescent green flying insect

My little son found this in the garden today when he was inspecting the strawberry plants. I've no idea what it is Now identified by [personal profile] spiralsheep as a flower beetle, it prompted me to run inside and swap to the macro lens really quickly!

Horses

Jun. 13th, 2016 02:09 pm
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Galloping horses
The horses in the field over the canal from us spend most of their time placidly grazing or lying down. Every now and then, though, an intrepid rambler arouses their curiosity, and they gallop over to have a look.

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