On Sunday, Adam and I headed to Rainham RSPB reserve and walked along the boardwalk to the dragonfly sculpture where Brenda, who works at the reserve, was looking for bearded reedlings/tits. While waiting and chatting I spotted something run along the edge of the reeds – moorhen or water rail? Turned out it was a…Details
Following on from my last post, at Hadleigh Country Park there were were also plenty of butterflies. This Essex skipper was a nice find. It looks like a small skipper but the underside of the antennae are black. There were also some marbled white butterflies about. This one was looking a little tatty I tried…Details
A couple of weeks ago I headed to Hadleigh Country Park to look for wildlife. There were a number of hoverflies around so I tried to capture them hovering in flight. Though Im not 100% happy with them I had some success, certainly better than I had managed before. The key seemed to be using…Details
Just a couple of photos of this small scavenger water beetle, Hydrobius fuscipes, taken in the photographic aquarium.
Back in May I took some photos of a smooth newt tadpoles. This 1st one I entered into the BWPA. but didn’t get shortlisted. smooth newt tadpole looking over twig head on edited I also photographed one of the common frog tadpoles. Related posts: Broad bodied chaser nymph, smooth newt tadpole and hawker dragonfly nymphs…Details
Here are some more badger photos from my trip to Pitsea landfill tip, which was made famous by BBC Springwatch this year with it’s tame foxes (more on them later) and badger hide maintained by Phil Shaw (You can see his excellent photos on his website Nature photo pro.com). Related posts: More springwatch Badgers Badger…Details
A few months back I pond (well lake) dipped at a private nature reserve trying to get some dragonfly nymphs. I failed to find any, but did find some excellent saucer bugs, something I had only seen twice before. They are true bugs (Heteroptera), which also includes the water boatmen, pond skaters and water scorpions,…Details
Ive been catching up on some editing, especially on my pond photos. I got my best shots of a soldierfly larva, possibly Stratiomys sp. Not the prettiest of animals! Also in the same batch were these of the brackish water prawns. Related posts: Haliplus water beetle larva and phantom midge larva Dytiscus diving beetle larva…Details