Here a few photos taken with my ‘surface dweller’ pond creature set up of a Pirate spider female with egg case or cocoon You an learn how to take photographs like these at the pond creatures photography workshop, more details here Related posts: Pirate spider – Pirata piraticus Pirate spider close up Pond olive mayfly…Details
A few from an August visit the ‘Britain’s Rainforest’ Canvey Wick in 2013. 2013 was a good summer for clouded yellow butterflies, I saw more that year than all previous years combined. This field grasshopper posed nicely. A Common Damselfly perched on a rose hip. And this holly blue on some bramble. A common darter…Details
While at Kensington Gardens I came across this Canada x greylag hybrid goose ( Anser anser x Branta canadensis) and got some nice photos of it in the late afternoon winter sunlight. Related posts: Grey heron close ups and grey squirrel wide angles in Regents Park Bearded tits, stonechat reed buntings and dunnock Manadrin Duck…Details
Last weekend I walked through Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, and the light for once was lovely. While there I had a go at photographing some common gulls. and a HErring gull I tried a herring gull in-flight close up and captured one landing too. Thanks to Marianne Taylor for the gull IDs! Related posts:…Details
Here a few shots of a red squirrel that turned up at Loch Garten.
Back in September a medium sized diving beetle was pulled out of one of the Wat Tyler ponds. I recognised it straight away as Hydaticus seminiger, as I’d seen it in books and it was a scarce species. This was the first recorded in South Essex Marshes area (though it has been recorded at Rainham…Details
A couple of years ago I visited Gilfach Farm, where it was possible to photograph nuthatches on the stone wall there, rather than the normal tree branches and trunks. Related posts: Balkan Wall Lizard Podarcis tauricus Broad Haven – Jackdaw, rook and rock pipit Palapares and Eurolean antlions, ringed plovers and balkan wall lizard Grizzled…Details
While in the New Forest with some friends recently, I was shown some devils fingers (Clathrus archeri) fungi. Also known as the octopus stinkhorn, is not a native species to the UK or Europe (where it is also found), but originates from Australia and New Zealand. It was first found in Cornwall in 1946, and…Details