Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Hawker Dragonfly

This Hawker Dragonfly ( Common I think, but could be a Southern ) was a visitor to my pond recently , I watched as it layed its eggs in an old stump and on the bank.and got in close with the macro lens.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

An afternoon at Davidstow

Managed to escape for a couple of hours and headed for Davidstow airfield in the hope of an early wader or two.A few Ringed Plover and Dunlin were soon located but little else untill I found a single Golden Plover which I was slowly getting closer to when a man and his dog walked straight between me and the bird ,making it fly further away, again I took my time and got within photographic range and reeled off a few shots when the same man and dog came back and did it again, all that space,(good job it was'nt something rare)he then came over and told me he was a retired spy and used to use gear like mine on covert operations.I thought not much of a spy if he could,nt see the ....ing bird I was trying to photograph.
Ah,the joys of another autumn on the airfield to look forward too.
Golden Plover-Davidstow


Pied Wagtail-Davidstow.


Thursday, 22 August 2013

House Martins

Spent a few evenings trying to get some action shots of our resident House Martins feeding thier young, not easy, the're quick.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Lunch break Butterflies

Painted Lady

Painted Lady


Red Admiral

Small White
The garden of the house which I was painting last week in Launceston happened to have some colourful Buddlia bushes in full flower which were dripping with Butterflies, I counted nine species during the week, so I just had to take the camera & spend my lunchbreaks trying to get some photos....I did get the job finished eventually.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

More insects ( & a spider )

Three more  photos of some of the smaller critters I,ve come across recently.
Field Grasshopper..I went out looking (rather optimistically) for Nightjars in the afternoon and just came home with a photo of this Grasshopper, still I like Grasshoppers.

Crab Spider .The Spider had ambushed this White Butterfly, I went back an hour later and just the wings and head of the Butterfly remained on the ground.

Emerald Damselfly. Taken at Roadford, and had one or two around our pond since.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Bathing Birds

A small roadside pool near Bowithick was enticing a few birds down to drink & bathe, so I sat in the car & pointed the long lens at them, I was hoping for one of  the Crossbills I'd seen nearby, but no such luck.
Chaffinch reflection

Goldfinch reflection

Greenfinch bathing

Young Pied Wagtail bathing

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Beautiful Demoiselle

The Beautiful Demoiselle is a common Damselfly but one I,ve not got any decent shots of , so to try and amend this I popped out to Bowithick near Davidstow where I knew there should be a few around on a sunny afternoon. I soon found them but none were very photogenic untill while just sitting and watching I noticed this one returning to the same yellow flower and settling for a while, giving me the chance to get some shots.
Beautiful Demoiselle

Beautiful Demoiselle