Category Archives: British Nature

My photograph of the month for April

Wow! Hasn’t everything come alive in the last month! The sun has been so warm and welcoming. All the bugs are out too. I have had a wonderful month, enjoying spring. Watching the butterflies, bees and ants has been great fun.

My photograph for April is an interaction between these two tiny and fluffy solitary bees.

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The toil of Ants

I love to watch ants. Their toing-and-froing, busy foraging explorations and searching antennas!

The details of what they are doing can’t always be seen, but that is where I am grateful for macro-lens technology.

Spotting a newly formed entrance to a nest I could see these ants hard at work. Putting my camera down at their level I got to see just how hard they were working. Huge mouthfuls of sand being excavated and carried away.

Not only do I find it fascinating to watch, but I find the motion of ants going about their daily lives relaxing. I also find myself thankful that I don’t have to lift such weights, especially by just my jaw!

Ants might seems such tiny animals, but when I see them like this, I am struck with awe!

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Bountiful Bees

Today for me has been all about bees!

My bee socks and earrings. The Honeybee I plucked from the torment of my bedroom window and returned to the freedom of outdoors. The Red Mason Bees sunning themselves on the bricks of my house. It has given me a real feeling of spring!

It’s not the buzz of beautiful queen bumblebees that gets me excited. It is the tiny, unnoticed delightful solitary bees that fill me with glee!

I have already reached for my camera to photograph the bees this spring. Here are some of my highlights …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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My photograph for August

A little late with this month’s photo but I hope it is worth the wait!
I really enjoying watching the butterflies this August, I also joined in with Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count. It was while I was doing a count, that I took this photo.
Flying around a small wooded area, this Comma landed in the perfect position. Catching the warm sunlight, the wings of the butterfly almost look like they are glowing!

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National Meadows Day

In honour of National Meadows Day, I visited my favourite meadow at golden hour. It is beautiful place anytime of the day, but the light this evening made the wild flowers shine!

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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 29 – I went crepuscular!

Stepping out at dusk, I took a walk through farmer’s fields. As I admired the warm colours of the darkening skies I was spotted by a group of lambs. Their curious nature lead them to come up to me to take a closer look, and for a time I was completely surrounded! It didn’t take them long to lose interest and charge back towards their bale of hay.

Continuing my walk, I passed though a church yard. Digging out my bat detector, I was able to listen to the bats forage among the trees. The aerobatic flight of bats never cease to mesmerise me!

Returning home I had my last crepuscular moment for the evening, a lovely little hedgehog!

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#30DaysWild – Day 27 – Life aquatic


Today I took a closer look at the life in, on and around water. I saw plenty of life, but nothing was more impressive than the stunningly colourful male sticklebacks I spotted making their nests.

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