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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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Today was one of those days where spring just grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me, saying ISN'T THIS GLORIOUS?! So I took a bunch of pictures.



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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!
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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.

Junco

May. 27th, 2016 04:22 pm
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Junco in the bird bath
This junco had a bath every morning when I was visiting my parents in the Pacific Northwest.

+1, Junco drying off in the sun )
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Towhee in the wisteria
This towhee spends all day hopping possessively about the wisteria vine outside my parents' house in the Pacific Northwest.
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22-spot ladybird
Found this pretty little mildew-eater whilst giving the garden a spring clean.

Blue tit

Mar. 13th, 2016 09:18 pm
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Excuse me, don't stare, I'm eating

Today I got a chance to camp out for a few minutes near the toroid fat ball feeder and wait for a photo opportunity. This blue tit was kind enough to oblige me, although I'm not sure it appreciated having quite so attentive an audience for its afternoon snack.
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Bee in crocus
[Pollen-covered bee in white crocus flower]

Today I could believe that spring was on its way to the northern hemisphere!
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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
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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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[Click to embiggen.]

Cruising along the canal.

Mallard

Jun. 3rd, 2015 03:55 pm
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[Click to embiggen.]

I suspect he was hoping we might drop some food.
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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. )

Heron

May. 27th, 2015 03:59 pm
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I took my camera on the daily walk with the baby today in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the heron that's been frequenting our strip of the canal recently. Not only was it around, it was on our lock! It stood for a good long while staring back at us before it flew off, so I got to take some nice shots. All can be clicked to embiggen.


Heron taking off.

+2 )

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