Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Feathered Foragers

Now that the breeding season for birds is drawing to a close, the main activity is feeding.
Adult breeding pairs need to recover from the rigours of parenthood. Immature resident species need to fatten up for the Winter. Migrating species need to take on board as much fuel as possible especially the first year types prior to leaving.

I have shot a few general images of what I observed on a walk this week.

The Bullfinch certainly enjoys Rowan berries.







The Blue Tit likes them also, as well as Elderberries.





The Blue Tit can also be observed in groups along with the Long-tailed Tit below.





The Spotted Flycatcher needs to take on fuel for its journey to Africa.............




............ as does the Whitethroat.............


...........and the Willow Warbler





Its a good time to observe many species now, as from what I have seen they are more approachable because they are too busy eating.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

A Horse Day

Not had a Horse Day for a while. 
These few have been turned out on the heathland part of my Woodland/Heathland walk recently.
They are a scruffy bunch, but like being photographed.


















Friday, 21 August 2015

Blue on Pink


Around a small pond (See below) in a field, I found several Common Blue butterflies pitching on Willowherb. Not listed as one of its main foodplants, but the butterflies appeared to be feeding well.

Common Blues live in small discreet colonies and where this pond was located in the corner of a field was an ideal spot.












This small stagnant pond below doesn't really look much, but it is surprising the insect life it produced in a short period of observation.