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Friday 29 April 2016

Warblers Return

The Whitethroat - A welcome Spring arrival, (using the term Spring loosely this year of course.) 
From a photography point of view, its a case of "Now you see me, now you don't".
Quite infuriatingly it will sit in the middle of a hedge or more often than not, keep to the opposite side of the hedge to where you are and sing and chatter away. You get the general impression that he is laughing at you. Just occasionally it will hop into the open or partially in the open and take a quick look at you. If you have the camera up and ready you may just be fortunate to get off a couple of shots.

The Sedge Warbler - Equally as uncooperative for photography purposes another Spring arrival that will sit in the middle of reeds or dense waterside hedgerow and chatter away out of sight.

Wednesday 27 April 2016

Goldfinch - Common Species Series

Calling a beautiful coloured bird like the Goldfinch common seems a bit of an anathema to me.
We are fortunate that they are indeed common though.
This I think below was a pair as it that time of year and they were checking out a long wide stretch of Bramble hedgerow.

Monday 25 April 2016

Scenes from a Cycle Ride

Scenes from my Sunday cycle ride. 
The sun shone occasionally although eventually clouding over, but there was a keen Northerly wind.

Daffodils can be found along the roadside just about anywhere.

Much of the land has been sowed for Spring and Summer crops.

Wood Anemones are still showing quite well.

Young Barley.

Another wood with a good showing of bluebells.

Harvested Conifer trees.

Barley leaves.

A really nice display of Primroses found in a copse alongside a road.

I found a few pink Anemones.

The yellow Rapeseed flowers are in abundance now.

NB. All images were shot with a Sony RX100.

Thursday 21 April 2016

Really Orange

Well things are looking good on the Orange Tip front. Yesterday I found two males flying around at one location and at least two more elsewhere.
I was also fortunate that they were pitching on a nice blue flower for effect.
At the same time I found a 'Small White' Butterfly which will be the subject of a separate post.

Tuesday 19 April 2016

Mr Blackcap

Just like the Chiffchaff in early Spring, the Blackcap remains high in the trees initially.
The male sings away its beautiful song trying to attract the females.
They keep on the move as well and if disturbed will quite often find the most dense of bushes to perch in making clear images impossible. Just to add insult to injury they will sing away at you.