Backswimmer nymph and smooth newt tadpole

A couple from back in April. Thus smooth newt tadpole was fully developed so must have overwintered as a tadpole. There were also a number of small backswimmer (Notonecta) nymphs. Related posts: Small Backswimmer Notonecta viridis, newt tadpole and water boatman Smooth newt tadpole Lissotriton vulgaris anopheline mosquito larvae and smooth newt tadpole Broad bodied…

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Hydrophilidae larva, backswimmer, pond skater and scarce emerald damselfly nymphs

A few more pond creature aquarium photography shots. First up this small (1cm) Crawling water beetle (Hydrophilidae) larva. The nymph of a backswimmer. A pond skater nymph And a close up of a scarce emerald damselfly (Lestes dryas) nymph. Related posts: Scarce emerald damselfly nymph Lestes dryas Lesser diving beetle larva Acilius eating Backswimmer Notonecta…

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Moorhens

Last weekend I popped into the London Wetland Centre in Barnes. There were lots of captive waterfowl to see as ever, but also lots of moorhens running in and around the enclosures. One was on the wall of the eider enclosure Before jumping down. There were plenty feeding around on the grass and I got…

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Eider

Back in March I popped into Seahouses on the way back from Scotland, to photograph the resident eiders there and got my best shots yet of this species. A male posed nicely in the harbour. And a group came close outside the harbour wall. The female posed nicely too. Related posts: Mandarin Duck Red grouse…

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Magpie, Crow and Jay

A few shots from back in the summer. Some bread had been thrown on the floor and I noticed some magpies hanging around. So I settled down in the shade nearby and waited. Corvids are usually wary and there is no exception at Wat Tyler Park so I had to stick on the teleconvertor and/or…

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