Monday, 16 October 2017

Autumn Flutters

The middle of October, a temperature of 20 celsius, a partially sunny day. 
These are ingredients for a few butterfly sightings of the species that still fly during that period. It was not surprising then that today as I walked through a wooded area of the Parkland at a spot where the sun shines through I would find some. Within a few metres of each other I found a ........

Red Admiral.



....and a Comma.




Friday, 13 October 2017

Goosander (Female)


Two female Goosanders have been frequenting one of the lakes in the local Parkland for the last few days. 
There have been males visiting in the past, but these are the first females I have seen there.


















If you are wondering how some of the images have white backgrounds. 
This is achieved by shooting low to the water surface using 'Spot' metering and will occur especially if the sun is in the background.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Autumn at the Tree Stump

Its that time again in the autumn when little can be found of bird life on the local patch. 
So a strategic withdraw to the tree stump in the woodland area armed with a bag of peanuts and seeds at least gives one something to practice on.




























Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Cormorants at Rest



There is quite a sizeable colony of Cormorants that have taken up residence in the Parkland where I walk. 
When not actually fishing in the three Parkland lakes or adjacent river they spend most of their time perched on favourite branches.
They dry out their feathers from the swim and preen away until they get hungry again.
A coastal bird that has moved inland over more recent years and adopted various suitable places as home where they can regularly find food.