Barn owl Tyto alba on Sheppey

On a recent visit to sheppey I was shown this wonderful barn owl, which while hunting came fairly close. It was 9pm when it was out and cloud was starting to cover the low sun, so I had to soot at ISO1600, thankfully the high ISO performance it pretty good on my K-5 , and…

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Cardinal Beetle and mosquito

The nettle beds at Strumpshaw Fen where especially fruitful. This cardinal beetle, the red headed species Pyrochroa serraticornis, posed on the nettles for a bit, though the wind made shots a bit more tricky! The mosquitoes were eating us alive, but i did get a nice shot of one! Related posts: Garden Chafer and Cardinal…

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Stag beetles Lucanus cervus

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Facebook you will know I have had stag beetles Lucanus cervus in my garden recently. Ive had both stag beetle and lesser stag beetle, but I’ll cover the photos of the former from Friday in this post. 2 males were found in a bucket in the garden.…

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Stag beetles

I came home last night and was shown 2 male stag beetles and a couple of lesser stag beetles in a bucket in my garden. I’ve taken a few photos which I’ll hopefully post later, but here is a shot take with my 35mm at f11 with a 0.5second shutter speed, to show how still…

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