Lucky to have caught a bee in flight on my first poppy shot. Lovely display in the fields leading to the dragonfly pools. Plenty of Four-spot chasers, Emperor Dragonflies and Black-Tailed Skimmers. There were also hundreds of small long-legged bright metallic green flies on the mud and some Whirligig beetles on the water surface.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
We are back from Northumberland after a rather cool cloudy week overall so my last post is from sunset last Saturday, the only real clear evening. If you look closely you can see members of our party, Barry, Sue, Sarah, Lynne and Shelagh making the most of the beautiful lighting and location. Thanks for your company - a very enjoyable week.
Friday, June 26, 2015
A miscellany of birds seen during our week in Beadnell area (excluding Farne Islands), including Eider ducks, Little, Arctic, Common and Sandwich Terns, Fulmar, Herring Gull, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Ringe Plover and Kittiwakes. The weather has not been great for bird photography as generally needed iso 800.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Dabbling in rock pools searching out the strange variety of life that exists there brought back many happy childhood memories. The first creature is Botryllus schlosseri a colonial sea squirt. Each of the 'stars' comprises several individual sea squirts which share a central spout. This is repeated over the whole colony. They are all genetically identical repoducing by budding though they also have a motile sexual stage. Next comes a Sea Slug species with wonderful fluorescent blue tips to the tentacles. Also starring Sea Anemones, Jelly fish, Sand Hoppers and Shrimps.