Wood ants

Last weekend I was on a Forest School Course with the excellent people at EarthcraftUK in Blean Woods. There are a number of wood ant nests in the area and in a lunch break I found a line of them heading up a tree, but it was midday and they were very active and very…

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Grasshopper Warbler

On Tuesday I got word there was a grasshopper warbler about, but it took 3 attempts to hear and then finally see it, which was my first ever view of the species. I then staked it out yesterday evening, when the light was much poorer of course, and got a couple of OK grab shots…

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Crested tit

The bird I was after at Loch Garten was a crested tit. My friend Ian was kind enough to lend me his 7D and 600mm prime lens to help me out! (see his and Paulines excellent images here: Pauline and Ian’s Zenfolio). With his help I managed a few shots, including this one. As you…

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Robin

A quick shot from the Loch Garten feeders. I went all the way up to the Highlands of Scotland and photographed….a robin. It looked so nice in the sun I couldn’t resist pressing the shutter! Related posts: EJ the osprey at RSPB Loch Garten video Common toads by a loch – Bufo bufo Coal tit…

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Mountain Hares

When up in a Cairngorms I hoped to see Mountain Hares. I managed a few shots, and this was probably the best shot. I was expecting shots more like this! I even had another one pose briefly by the road. It moved off and poked its head over the snow. Related posts: Ptarmigan and mountain…

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First slow worms of the year

I found my first reptiles of the year this morning: some slow worms. They were fairly sluggish, at least to start with, so I got a few shots of them before they slithered off. Related posts: Migrant Hawker in flight and slow worm First (scarce?) emerald damselfly of the year Heron and waterfall at Levens,…

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