Bug Watch

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As the weather improves more and more of the little critters are coming out to play.  Here is a selection of what I have found in the last couple of weeks.


Weevil Wonder


Watching and Waiting


Soldiering On


Longhorn Moth


24 Spot Ladybird


Ichneumon Wasp


Corisuz hyoscyami


And just for a bit of fun….



And finally, quite obviously not a bug but worthy of shot anyway….

Young Wild Male Fallow Deer


Hands up who is enjoying the nice weather at last then?




30 Minute Riverside Wildlife

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Grey Heron

At one of my my local lunchtime spots I decided to wait a bit longer.

Lots of Canada Goose when I pulled up in my car. I then sat and watched some Little Grebes doing their thing.

Soon after the Cormorant made it’s arrival.

Then I noticed a Heron had appeared as if by magic from nowhere. Like the shopkeeper in Mr Benn.

For once, it actually took flight in front of my lens. Got a few shots of it.

Bye Bye Heron!

And finally, here’s a random Rook just for fun.

All in all, bit of a riverside bonanza today. All in 30 minutes.

Happy Friday! 🙂

Punk Rocker Chaffinch / The Unaware Sparrow

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A couple of silly shots from today.  Hey, it’s Christmas 🙂


Male Chaffinch with a neat hairdo


The Unaware Sparrow

Psst.  It’s behind you…

Buzzard Persecution

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Spent my lunchtime watching the various activites in the field near my workplace.

It’s only a smallish area but it certainly has it’s fair share of wildlife.

There are a couple of Buzzards that haunt the area. I frequently see them about. There is also a Kestrel that thinks this is it’s territory, as well as all the local Crows.

I watched the Buzzard first getting attacked by the Crows and then by the iddy biddy teeny weeny Kestrel.

The buzzard never really retaliated. Just moved on to another post or tree.

On the plus side, I did see it make a few kills.

Wild Deer Wednesday

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My oh my, what a handsome fella.

It started off with two beautiful Muntjac deer, a male and a female, coming into the clearing. Snap, snap away I went with my camera.

Then a female fallow deer. Then another. Then a baby fallow deer. More females. Then the stag. In total a Stag, 7 females and a baby!

This handsome chap unfortunately had a very bad limp. He didn’t seem deterred and still has seven ladies trailing around after him!

Flight of the Short Eared Owl


Went down to the Severn Estuary today looking to photograph wading birds.  Stumbled upon a load of keen birders by a field. Lo and behold a Short Eared Owl.

Spectacular viewing.

Crap joke of the day :

Q: What’s the commonest owl in the UK?
A: The TeatOwl

Hawthorn Shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale)

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Early morning spot of a Hawthorn Shieldbug.  A very pretty bug I think.

Due to go into hibernation in late autumn, hopefully!

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