Friday, May 31, 2013

Mating Avocets

I managed to capture this pair of mating Avocets a few days ago. It was a pretty brief experience for them both, much to the relief of the female no doubt. The Avocet became extinct in Great Britain in 1840. Its successful recolonisation at Minsmere, Suffolk, in 1947 led to its adoption as the logo of the Royal

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

European Cave Spider

I found this spider on the ceiling of a cave, local to me in the Forest of Dean. Unable to identify it myself, I sought help from an expert who informed me that it was Meta menardi, the European Cave Spider, also known as the Orbweaving cave spider, the Cave

Redstart Nest

On the decline in Europe, this Redstart was busily going in and out of the nest a couple of weeks ago. The second photograph here was taken shortly after spotting the bird. As much as it would have been nice to get a close up shot of it, once the nest became apparent, I took a quick

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Red-necked Phalarope

This photo won't be winning any prizes, but it shows a very distant and very rare visitor to Gloucestershire - the Red-necked Phalarope. This was taken at Coombe Hill meadows, about 750 miles from its usual patch in the northern Shetland islands, which itself is on the outer limits of the range of this small bird.

Golden-ringed dragonfly

Probably my favourite dragonfly species, and almost certainly the most easily identifiable, even if it's not one of the easier ones to find. It's the longest dragonfly species in Britain. This Golden-ringed dragonfly was meandering around a Dorset heathland, before

Wood mouse


Sometimes you don't need to travel far to see the wildlife that's around us. Sometimes you don't even have to leave the house. This video of a tiny Wood mouse was filmed out of the lounge window! This one was helping himself to seed that the birds had dropped from the feeders in the garden. Almost entirely nocturnal, Wood mice

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sea Bass

I spotted this from way up on a cliff-top on a hot day in Dorset whilst looking for birds. It drifted sedately around the shallow waters for a while before being joined by another fish and heading off. As for the birds, it was a successful day, and I'll be posting some of the results in forthcoming

Common Lizard

This was photographed on the 2nd May, and was my first local sighting of a Common Lizard this year. This one has shed its tail - a self-defence mechanism known as autotomy - which can often serve to give it an 'extra life' when faced with

Wild Boar

The Wild Boar is one of my favourite mammals in the UK, and I'm fortunate that I live in the place that currently has the greatest population. This is one of my more recent shots, taken moments after the boar had spent some quality time rolling around in a muddy wallow. I recently spent some time making a short film with the BBC Natural History Unit for inclusion in Springwatch 2013, which

Treecreeper


This little Treecreeper was photographed close to home in the Forest of Dean. They're great little birds to watch, like mice scuttling up the tree trunks, sometimes coming face to face with the Nuthatch coming down the trunk, both getting a different view from which to spot tasty

Water Vole

The Water Vole is a species that I'd been wanting to photograph for a long time. It had become one of my nemeses. On many occasions I'd sat myself down on the banks of a suitable watercourse, having looked for signs such as chopped vegetation, burrows, trails, etc and waited. My efforts were always rewarded with little more than a tell-tale 'plop!' sound further down-stream. Then two days ago, completely