Category Archives: British birds

My photograph of the month for February and March

I was a bit slow off the starting blocks doing my photo for February, so I decided to combine is with March’s blog!

I have had a few dry few months on the photography side of things recently. But the sun and blue skies have been very exciting and thoroughly enjoyable for both wildlife and photography!

February

Heading out one glorious day, I visited a favourite local woodland. On the edge of the car park, someone had put out bird food.

There were quite a few different species enjoying the food, but it was the way the light caught this brightly coloured Great Tit that caught my eye. I snapped a photo before the bird flew off, and I have chosen it for my photo for the month.

February

March

Stepping into m friend’s garden, I was well impressed to see so many species of bee in small space! This little Red Mason Bee is the one that caught my eye. I love how fuzzy they are!

March

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My photograph of the month for January

My first photograph of the month for 2019 is of this lovely House Sparrow.

I had the chance to experiment with the lighting as I took this photo, I was quite pleased with how it turned out. I hope I get the chance to try this out again!IMG_9611PScc

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My photograph for October, November and December

The last part of the year I haven’t done my photo of the month, but as it is New Year’s Eve I thought I would play catch up and start 2019 with a clean slate.

October

Cycling home one night along a pitch black country lane, I was amazed to find a tiny green caterpillar making the grand epic journey of crossing the road. It was nearly at its journey end, so I watched its final steps on the grey tarmac before it reached the green grass of the verge. I used my bike lights to help me take this photo and brighten the path of the caterpillar.

Oct

November

I took a wander round my local patch on one of the very few days I had off when the weather was good. The sun was out and gave a tiny amount of warmth to the winter’s air. That’s when I spotted this beauty. I was thrilled to get a snap of this lovely bright wasp.

Nov

December

Bit of urban wildlife for this month. A gathering of feral pigeons grabbed my attention. Putting the camera down at their level I was able to get this photo of the hungry birds.

Dec

 

As this is my last post for 2018 I will wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and the very best for 2019.

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My photograph for September

A sleepy September Sunday afternoon was spent getting supplies from the supermarket. Rather than wait in a queue of traffic , I spent a while watching the gulls scavenging in the car park. These two lesser black-backed gulls caught my eye having a squabble over a high perch atop a lamb post.

Lesser black-backed gulls

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#30DaysWild – Day 30 – Visited an old wild haunt!

Today I visited a nature reserve I hadn’t been for a few years, Avon Meadows Community Wetlands at the edge of Pershore. It was I place I use to regularly visit, so I wondered what changes I would see.

I have seen so many wild patches turned into housing estates. A small field becoming a cramped area of brick, mortar and tarmac. Nothing wild left or even welcome. So I was worried I would arrive to see this lovely wetlands gone. A forgotten memory of something green and good.

But I needn’t have worried. Not only was the place still there, but clearly there have been great efforts to enhance the area for wildlife. There was an area with no public access, a bird hide and a sculpture of a heron.

I was thrilled to see that this beautiful place had been embraced and was clearly cared about!

Day 30

 

#30DaysWild – Day 26 – Nesting House Martins

Today I enjoyed watching the House Martins that nest in my village. Some were building their nests, while others I saw flying to-and-fro!

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#30DaysWild – Day 25 – I went for a stroll at lunch time!

Having eaten my lunch I decided I wanted to enjoy the lovely sunshine. Taking my stroll I had the chance to see I wasn’t the only one appreciating the glorious weather!

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#30DaysWild – Day 17 – Swifts

UK Swift Awareness Week started yesterday, a week dedicated to these amazing summer visitors that are rapidly declining in numbers. I had noticed their absence this year, having only spotted 2 in the past month, flying high above my village.

I spent a large part of my day on a hunt for Swifts. I saw lots of House Martins, some Swallows too, I even saw a Hobby from my car window. But not a single Swift. I came home feeling rather sad at the fact I had not spotted my bounty.

Needing milk for my consolation cuppa, I headed out to the shop. It was getting late, but to my utter delight, I spotted a single Swift in amongst House Martins. All displaying their incredible aerobatic flying skills!

Day 17

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#30DaysWild – Day 16 – Bradgate Park, Leicester

This weekend was Bradgate Park’s Wildlife Weekend, I attended last year and had a fantastic time so I thought I would pop by again this year.

The event was bigger than last year, with more stalls and more local groups wanting to share their passion with anyone who showed interest. It was really rather fun and fascinating. I now have a lot of literature to read through too!

I did need a warm up before heading back, so I stopped for a cuppa. I had forgotten my travel mug so I was happy to see that the disposable cup I was given is 100% compostable, I may even use it to grow some micro-greens!

Taking a long walk back to the car park, I took the time to enjoy the beautiful open landscape and the resident wildlife. Seeing the deer that inhabit the park is always a thrill!

Day 16

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#30DaysWild – Day 15 – Beetles and bikes

Today I went to watch the Women’s Tour of Britiain. You might be wondering what a cycle race has to do with 30 Days Wild, well I decided it was worth the 15 mile cycle through the countryside to see the race pass through my local area.

Not only was it a glorious day to have a cycle anywhere, but the journey was beautiful. There was so many species of birds flying by and singing.

On my way home I stopped for a snack and paused at a lay-by. Sitting on a log I watched bees, beetles and butterflies visiting the flowers that lined the colourful verge. My snack finished, I went to get up, but before I could I felt a sharp pain on my behind. It made me stand up VERY quickly! Looking back I saw a large black ground beetle that had not been there when I had sat down. It quickly scurried back into its wooden crevice in the log. It was then I realised that I had been bitten on the bottom by a beetle! There’s a first time for everything!

It might have been a long ride, but it was worth it. I feel inspired enough to take that ride again!

Day 15

 

 

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