Here is my photograph for July, a female Beautiful Demoiselle seen in my local nature reserve.
You can have a peek at my photograph for last month here.
Needing a trip to the supermarket today, I decided to shake my routine up a bit and head towards Tamworth retail estate. Once done, I could have headed straight home but decided to stretch my legs and follow the path into Tamworth town centre.
My first wild moment was the highlight of the day and could not have been more urban wild! Looking over towards the main road underpass, I had the unexpected delight to see an Oystercatcher dabbling in a large puddle!
I continued on along the path and came across what I now know is Borrow Pit Lake. Between the A5, the Snow Dome and a large retail estate, it really wasn’t what I expected to find! It was teeming with life! A short walk turned into an exploration of several hours!
Walking round the lake I passed a flotilla of Canada and Graylag Geese.
A little further on and I came across the Oystercatcher for a second time! I also greeted by the peep-peep-peeping of a family of Swans and a family of Mallards! All still very cute and fluffy! They were so lovely to see, they completely distracted me from the two elegant birds that stood so obviously before me. A Heron, a little way from me and a gorgeous Little Egret!
As I continued on, I encountered more wildlife and some gorgeous views! This is a wild haven I shall be visiting again very soon!
My day was mainly filled with (necessary) housework, not a particularly wild thing to do. Though short pause was needed to escort a Ground Beetle out the back door so I could continue vacuuming! I did take a break, stretch my legs and get some sun. I took a short walk around my neighbourhood wild patch. Not only was it nice to feel the warm summer air on my skin, but I also spotted my first, second and third Damselfly of the year!
Today has been full of much needed rest and relaxation! This did include another walk around my neighbourhood wild patch and also a little further into the surround fields
Though I had only visited the wild patch 24 hours earlier, I knew that some things would have remained the same, but there’s always something different to see!
The bees that yesterday covered the invading gooseberry bushes, were still busily buzzing round the flowers today. The call of a Whitethroat filling the whole area with song was again singing loudly today! But the three Damselflies I spotted yesterday were now joined by an abundance of the little beauties! The Large White butterflies were fluttering in the sun just like yesterday, but now Speckled Wood butterflies also enjoying the warm sun light on the trees. The songs of the Chiffchaff and Great Tit of yesterday were now joined by the accompanying calls of their newly fledged chicks! And to cap off today’s visit, as I arrived the air was cut through with the piercing cries of a low flying Buzzard that flew just a feet about the meadow as it departed!
My walk into the fields did take me past an ice cream van. A FAB was bought and thoroughly enjoyed, as was the aerial display from the House Martins and Swallows!
As I relished a slow walk home I noticed a couple of Wolf Spiders stood proud over their egg sacks. I stopped to take a closer look. I started to count … I got to 20 and gave up as I noticed another group close-by. There must have been 40, possible even 50 individuals in a few square metres of the long grass! Quite a sight to see!
For one reason or another I haven’t had the opportunity to blog much this year. I still made sure that I seized every opportunity to photograph wildlife in all its beauty and glory!
I decided to have a look over my photos from 2014 today, I was reminded of some of the most incredible animals I had witnessed over the last 12 months. I thought I would put together a blog, which quickly became the 2 blogs that I am posting today and tomorrow!
Part 1 – Butterflies & Moth, and other Bugs!
Part 2 – Birds and Mammals
I’ve chosen 12 of my photographs of butterflies & moths from 2014, one for each month of the year!
The other Bugs!
This year I have encountered some truly intriguing and beautiful bugs, all sizes, shapes and colours! Such a rich diversity, picking out only 12 photographs of these incredible and essential creatures was rather difficult. Here, after much pondering, are 12 of my photographs of bugs I found 2014.
Which leaves me with only one last thing to do this New Years Eve, and that to wish you all a wonderful New Year!