Category Archives: British Wildlife

My photograph of the month for October

This month I had the chance to really put my new camera’s zoom capabilities to the test, I photographed the peregrines perched on Leicester Cathedral. Taking both my camera and tripod out to the city, with the aim to capture a view of this impressive example of urban wildlife. I took plenty of photos, playing with the camera position as much as the zoom.

I was really rather pleased with the results!

The elegant statuesque creature, perched atop a Cross that adorned the cathedral spire. Feathers catching the wind as sharp eyes gazed across the landscape. An occasional glance down in my direction with a perching look!

Even at rest, this fierce bird-of-prey means business!

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My photograph of the month for September

My choice for my photo for September was clear. This little moment of urban wild was a real highlight for me.

Walking along a path in the rain, housing estate lining one side and the river the other, I stumbled on this handsome frog. Sat proud in the middle of the path, I got down low to capture the frog in its urban surroundings.

Once I had photographed its best side, the frog hopped off to the damp safety of the nearby river bank, leaving me with a this photo and a spring in my step!

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My photograph of the month for August

With the beautiful sunny weather of August and a new camera to play with, I had a lot of fun with photography this month. My only problem was when I came to do this blog, I had a lot of photos to chose from. In the end I settled on this photo.

I was photographing the Banded Demoiselles along the canal when this little beauty positioned itself perfectly on a stem of grass. Underneath, almost hidden, a patient spider waited. The demoiselle was only there for a moment and then off it flew, dancing in the gentle summer’s breeze.

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Jean’s garden

I went to visit with family recently. Their garden is beautiful! Jean has clearly worked very hard to make it look so gorgeous, and it is great for wildlife. The bees and butterflies love her garden.

I was also a few days after I had gotten a new camera, so it was a great way to test my new equipment.

Here are some of the photos I took of the bright colours, flowers and wildlife I found. I hope you enjoy Jean’s garden as much as I do!

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My photograph of the month for May, June and July

I know I have let my monthly blog of my photography slide for the last few months. So this month I’m going to play catch up. Here is my photos for May, June and July.

May
Having a picnic outside in the sunshine, I began to feel like I wasn’t alone! Looking around I realised a large number of rooks had gathered … waiting … watching. It’s fair to say that they were likely waiting for any left behind crumbs. It did have a feeling of the scene from “The Birds”!

May

June
The month of 30 Days Wild, so much wild and so many photos. It was great! It was difficult to chose my photo for June, it was this colouful Painted Lady that won!

June

July
The weather was rather tough this month, either cold and wet or stiflingly hot. But with the heat, there was sun, so I did make the most of the lovely sunny days. I had the opportunity to watch a flock of starlings having a bath and a splash. It was so much fun to see and photograph.

July

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#30DaysWild – highlights from 2019

Here are my highlights from #30DaysWild 2019. Moving house, while working full time and joining in with 30 Days Wild wasn’t easy, but it was very worth it!

One of the best things I have done all month is putting up the bird feeder in my new home. It didn’t take long for the birds to find it! I now have regular visits from Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robins, Blackbirds, Sparrows. I also have Collared Doves and Wood Pigeons hovering up the dropped crumbs. Winding down from a day at work, I now find myself sitting with my cuppa and watching my new feathered friends!

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#30DaysWild – Day 30 – Landscapes and wildlife of the Severn Valley Railway

An annual tradition is to attend the Severn Valley Railway 1940’s weekend. It is a lot of fun, full of human history, beautifully engineered engines, stunning scenic landscapes and if you look closely, fabulous wildlife. Not forgetting the pint and chips whilst overlooking the river!

It has been an extraordinarily hot day, but it has also been a great one!

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#30DaysWild – Day 29 – Oak tree of life

I stopped today to admire the grandeur of an old oak tree, yet it was the little tiny lives being lived on the bark that got my full attention.

The whole trunk was alive, from the ants heaving their heavy prey to their nest, to the ladybird larvae wandering cross the cracks in the bark and the weavil who eyed me with care as I took its portrait. It was a marvel!

I was only with the tree 10 minutes but I was blown away by the diversity of life that was supported by the bark of the tree trunk. So much more life in the branches and leaves above that I can only imagine!

 

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#30DaysWild – Day 28 – Finding wildlife in a cemetery

Cemeteries are interesting places to walk – carefully and ornately carved gravestones, the names of loved ones who have passed, and of course the wildlife that have chosen to live there.

I occasionally visit an inner city cemetery, just to see what life I might find. Today my stroll took me through an old but large cemetery, some of it very well kept, other places had been left untended and become a home to birds and insects.

I watched butterflies, bees and hoverflies on wildflowers and bramble. I heard woodpeckers, bullfinch, wrens and blackbirds singing. I admired the colours of the many wildflowers that decorated the graves alongside the planted roses and placed bouquets.

Cemeteries are a special habitat, so diverse with wildlife, a little piece of urban wild.

 

#30DaysWild – Day 25 – Herons and Hares

Driving along a single track country lane that clearly had seen very little or no traffic, I saw a sight that lead me to ask the driver to stop. It was a field full of Herons! 5 of them, stood right in the middle, it looked to be 2 parents and 3 young. There were 3 Hares just a few meters away from the towering birds!

As I lifted my camera, the Heron family took flight. They gracefully flew over the hedgerow and into the next field, still a great view even if the birds were another 100 yards away from me.

My photos aren’t great, but they are still a record of a spectacular sight!

 

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