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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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
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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.

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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A patch of nasturtiums in our central flower bed is currently being decimated by a horde of large cabbage white caterpillars. Since I have to fight to keep the nasturtiums from taking over said flower bed, I don't really begrudge them their feast.
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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."

+1 )
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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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Common house martins, Delichon ubicum, are migratory passerine birds who breed and nest in Europe then overwinter in Africa and tropical Asia. I capped a flock of them working in pairs to collect beak-fulls of mud, from ruts in a church car park, to daub the nests they build hanging under the eaves of houses.

2 images. )

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