For anyone with welfare concerns with this bird you can rest easy: the SNH capercaillie recorder was present while I took these photos.
One of the reasons for the lack of recent posts was that I was away in Scotland, in the Cairngorms National Park. I saw lots of new species and will be posting the photos in the near future. My first new species was the red grouse. Not to long after entering the national park this…Details
A few weekends ago I went to Rainham Marshes where a friend of mine had organised a pond dip session. We found plenty but 2 species were of interest to me. The first was this saucer bug. You can see the front legs which have been modified into a prey grabbing pincer. I also got…Details
A few weeks ago I found an alderfly larva in the bottom mud of a pond. They tend to be found in and on the pond bottom. They are quite distinctive with their many gill filaments on the abdomen and the pair of pincers at the front. They can sometimes be found crawling through weed…Details
A few weekends ago I popped into Wildwood Trust near Canterbury, which is a wildlife park of UK animals. They are a big part of the beaver reintroduction scheme here in the UK, and have a few on site as part of their breeding programme. While I was there, ice had formed on their pond…Details
When you take up wildlife photography there are certain bird species you want to photograph. Hoopoes are on most people’s lists, if hard to get in the UK. Bitterns are another and one, I’ve only photographed twice and not particularly well. Another is the bearded tit or reedling. I had seen them at Rainham before…Details
The last from the productive pond dip photography session. I got my best over of a few more species:
Carrying on from my last post, the pond photography session gave me my best ever hawker dragonfly nymph. I got it from various angles, including these two in which you can really see that mask or labium they use to catch prey, under slung below the head. I also got a top down shot. I…Details