Spoonbill

A couple of weeks ago I had a day on the Isle of Sheppey to enjoy some of the wildlife found there. The south of the island is mostly grazing marsh and is rich in wildlife, especially waders and raptors. I took 100s of photos on that day, but the highlight was a spoonbill seen…

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Adders

I blogged recently about a male adder trying to court a female, well 4 days after he was first spotted trying, he was still courting away. Here he is sitting on top of the female. He felt the vibrations of someone else approaching and stuck his head up to look. The female was still not…

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Courting adder

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to photograph a male adder. He wasn’t alone, as there was a female there trying to bask nearby and he was paying her lots of attention, crawling over her and smelling her with his tongue. Trying to get under her. And sometimes nudging her in the…

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Gibbaranea gibbosa orb weaver spider

Back in June a colleague brought in an interesting orb weaver spider with distinctive ‘bumps’ on the abdomen. After some detective work and ultimately an ID from Peter Harvey, it was identified as a Gibbaranea gibbosa. Its not particularly rare, but a firs for me. Just goes to show new species can turn up anywhere,…

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Best of 2016 part 2

Here is part 2 of my 2016 review, carrying on from part 1. I had a wildlife trip up to Yorkshire for an early birthday present and one of my targets was a common hawker dragonfly. I had seen a probably common hawker in the Cairngorms back in 2014, but I’d never had a good…

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Best of 2016 part 1

As is tradition now, as 2016 is drawing to a close, I’ve written a review of the year. Its been a mixed year, where for reasons that will become apparent below, I’ve not been able to get as much with the camera as in previous years, but I’ve had few nice wildlife experiences, got a…

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