Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hummingbird Hawk-moth


This Hummingbird Hawk-moth was one of many seen (at least 30) on Portland on Monday. Virtually every patch of flowers had at least one of these nectaring around them. The Hummingbird Hawk-moth is a small, day-flying hawk-moth. Hummingbird Hawk-moths are summer visitors, migrating here from Southern Europe in variable numbers each year. In some years, they can be common and may frequently be seen in gardens hovering like hummingbirds to feed on the nectar of Honeysuckle, Red Valerian and many other flowers. They can also be found in woodland edge, heath and shrubby habitats. The caterpillar feeds on various species of bedstraw, so the female adult moth lays her eggs on the buds or flowers of these plants.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

European Swallow

A Swallow perched on the Minsmere sluice on Friday last week. More than likely it is one of the same birds we filmed a couple of months ago in the same spot.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Kingfisher

This is the same Kingfisher I posted a photo of back in May, which was photographed back in February this year.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Black Guillemot

Unlike most other European auks the black guillemot is typically found in ones and twos, scattered around rocky islets. It is typical of the larger sea lochs of western Scotland, and the northern and western isles, but is also found in Ireland, the Isle of Man and in a handful of spots in England and Wales. This one was photographed at Corran in Scotland last year.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Smooth Snake

This Smooth Snake was photographed in Dorset in May this year. Smooth snakes are Britain's answer to the boa constrictor. Though harmless to humans, reptiles and small mammals have much to fear. Smooth snakes kill or subdue their meals by squeezing the life out of them before finally swallowing the unfortunate victim whole. They hibernate communally through the winter and, after emerging, the males fight for females. Rearing up, they push their opponents to the ground and coiling around each other until one gives up. They are incredibly rare in Britain being restricted to southern heathland, but widely distributed throughout Europe.