Tuesday, 26 August 2014

At home & out and about,some recent bird photos.

A few shots of birds taken recently, just record shots but quite nice Dipper and Corn Bunting.
Sparrowhawk sat next to my bird feeders.

Hovering Buzzard at Roadford Lake.

Corn Bunting on the North Cornish coast.

Young Dipper taken at Boscastle.

Peregrine near Boscastle.

Young Redstart, a brief visitor to the garden one morning.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Black Darters at Breney Common

A good day out at Breney Common CWT  NR  in the company of Dave Cooper who was on the lookout for Black Darters, a species of Dragonfly I,d not photographed too well before, we were not dissapointed as the sun shone and the Darters were showing pretty well..
Black Darter on Heather.

Black Darter on Heather

Black Darter resting in the sun

Black Darters paired.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Impressive Emperors

The Emperor ( Anax imperator ) is the largest resident Dragonfly in Britain, being fairly common down here in the South West , a male has been patrolling our pond, bossing all that flies by, he was resting on an iris ,I tried to sneak up on him for a photograph but each time he would fly, then return to
Male Emperor

Male Emperor

Female Emperor ovipositing
 the same spot, so i tried wading into the water and from this direction he took no notice of me allowing some nice close ups.The females ,meanwhile, were busy ovipositing onto the surface vegitation.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Six Spot Burnet Moth

A colourful day flying Moth, the Six Spot Burnet ( Zyganea filipendulae ) is common around coastal grasses in the summer and always one I cant resist trying to get better photographs of, these were taken near Boscastle in Cornwall.
The same pair as the last photo but with my wife,s blue coat behind , thought it may look like the sea or sky in the background.?