Monday, 4 May 2015

Blackcap Controversy

The other morning I was standing under some tall densely branched trees watching and listening to several male Blackcaps moving about the trees trying to attract a female that was close by.

Now the Blackcaps can be very vocal and their song sounds quite amazing for a short period. After a while though it starts to get to you and goodness nows what it does to the females. Coupled with this, its a neck aching job staring up into branches for any length of time. They would sing and then move to another perch and start all over again. This continued for quite sometime. What didn't help was, not only poor light, they hardly ever presented a suitable photo opportunity. To confuse the issue even more several Chaffinch moved into the same area and started a similar activity. Eventually I was able to capture a few images, but I didn't hang around to find out what eventually transpired.

Female - Singularly unimpressed

Male






"Looking at you below Matey, you have got no chance with the ladies. 
You really need to brush up on your appearance."


Saturday, 2 May 2015

False Oxlip


The False Oxlip (Primula. x Polyantha)

A hybrid of the Primrose (Primula Vulgaris) and Cowslip (Primula veris).

Although I shot these images the same time as the "Flowers of the Forest" post, I thought it was appropriate to keep them separate as the False Oxlip is a hybrid of two flowers and not a singular species. 







Friday, 1 May 2015

Flowers of the Forest

These are images of flowers found currently around my woodland walk which include some open areas as well. So "of the Forest" is not strictly correct.

Greater Stitchwort

Sony Alpha 6000. E-16-50mm lens.  1/100 at f6.3.  50mm.  ISO100

Ramsons


Bluebell


Cowslip


Bugle


Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower)


Yellow Archangel



Marsh Marigold (Kingcups)


Wood/Dog Violet

Sony Alpha 6000. E-55-210mm lens.  210mm.  1/320 at f6.3.  ISO200





Lesser Celandine


Primrose


Wood Anemone




Whitebell


NB: I'm not a fan of Bagpipe music normally, give me the Band of the Royal Marines any day, but go to the below Youtube link and you will see where the term Flowers of the Forest came from:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfsasAlICo8



Thursday, 30 April 2015

A Secret Rendezvous

Dunnocks enjoy (if thats the appropriate word) an interesting social lifestyle.
"menage a trois" is hardly the description for it.
Without going into all the detail here it can be gleaned from many birding sites on the Net.

Suffice to say that the male and female meeting in the images below that I shot recently was unlikely to be the only encounter the Lady had that day or the male for that matter.



An unsuitable male it would appear here as she made off.




Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Common Tern

Local Birding colleagues had observed Arctic Terns on one of lakes in the Parkland this last week. 
So I went searching to see if I could get some images. I have in previous years been fortunate to observe these amazing birds on the Parkland lakes. Arctic Terns have in the past used the lakes as a staging post on their long haul flight from the Antarctic to the Arctic.

Unfortunately I could only find Common Terns I believe, although I struggle to tell the difference, so I took a few shots of them. 
They will fly along the edge of the largest lake in the Parkland and dive for fish in the shallow areas.




I did catch one dive albeit somewhat late.....,


.... but it was a successful dive as you can observe from these images below.








Some of these may be Arctic Terns, but I doubt it. {:))