Monthly Archives: October 2013

Flash and Snow

When you grow to know an individual wild animal, you grow to know the character of the creature and begin to fully appreciate all the animals of that species on a whole new level. That’s what happened with me and Milligan the hedgehog.

I can see the same with Ryan Mottram (twitter handle: @CWWRyan) with Flash the swan. He has known Flash for eight years. A truly charming sixteen-year-old bird, Flash is partnered with the elegant Snow.

Ryan’s love of these birds made me want to know them better, I hope you gain the same joy from them too.

The following photograph is one of Ryan’s, you can find more details on his blog here: http://cheshirewildlife101.blogspot.co.uk/

Flash and Snow

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Hiding in plain sight

Walking along a woodland ride I spotted a Speckled Wood butterfly flitting about. I followed in the hopes of taking a few photographs of it and after grabbing a few shots I stood up straight, finding this a big, hairy & stripy caterpillar in my face.

I had been completely oblivious to it until that point, even though it was right in my eye line.

This wonderfully camouflaged caterpillar of the Buff-tip moth was quite a sight to see. I hope I find the adult form some the spring.

It seemed exceptionally large too, a good third bigger than what the guides tell me. To me, it looked 10-12cm long. I regret not doing a size comparison now!

Full length photo of caterpillarClose-up of the caterpillar's middle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head of the caterpillar

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hummingbird Hawk-moth

It was a cold, damp and grey September day when I decided to visit Hidcote Gardens near Chipping Camden. It’s a beautiful place; lush greens intermingled with colourful flowers and the occasional artistic sculpture.

But, for me, the best part of the day was none of the above; it was the velvet buzz of a large moth flitting past my ear and the long, lingering gaze at the Hummingbird Hawk Moth that followed.

I even managed to grab a couple of photographs as it frantically foraged for sweet nectar.

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Hummingbird Hawk-Moth

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