Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mountain Hare

A Mountain Hare in partial ermine, photographed a couple of weeks ago in the Findhorn Valley, Scotland. The Mountain Hare is the only native creature to Britian in the lagomorph family, with both Rabbits and Brown Hare's having been introduced by man.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Otter

A female Otter delivering a freshly caught Perch to her kits on the other side of the river.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Harvest Mouse

Harvest Mouse, photographed in Cambridgeshire. It is typically found in fields of cereal crops, such as wheat and oats, in reed beds and in other tall ground vegetation, such as long grass and hedgerows. It has reddish-brown fur with white underparts and a naked, highly prehensile tail, which it uses for climbing. It is the smallest European rodent; an adult may weigh as little as 4 grams (0.14 oz).

Lesser Horseshoe Bat

Lesser Horseshoe Bat in the Forest of Dean. The lesser horseshoe bat is one of the smallest British bat species, about plum-sized. It has a complex noseleaf which is related to its particular type of echolocation system. It eats a variety of small insects including flies (mainly midges), small moths, caddis flies, lace wings and beetles.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chinese Water Deer

A female Chinese Water Deer stepping out of the fenland, heading for agricultural land during the last minutes of sunlight in Cambridgeshire.

Painted Lady

A Painted Lady from last August on Portland, Dorset, prior to migration.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Harlequin Duck


This is the Harlequin Duck which has been on the River Don since at least early January - one of only ten British records since 1950, so it was a first for me. Another first on this Scottish trip was Eurasian Beaver. It took until nearly 11pm to spot one (in Perthshire), but lots of obstructing branches prevented me using the flash. Next time...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weasel


A Weasel seen hunting among the rocks of the scree slopes of the Findhorn Valley in the Cairngorms. Although I've managed crude record shots in the past, the Weasel has been a species that I've struggled with until now. Mustelids are a tricky family of species to photograph in general. Of the species that can be seen in the UK, I'd still like to improve on my Stoat photos, and I still wish for photos of Polecat and American Mink.

Capercaillie


A male Capercaillie in the Caledonian Pine forest of the Cairngorm National Park, Scotland.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ptarmigan

A male Ptarmigan in the Northern Corries on Cairngorm mountain last week, mid-way between the ermine phase and summer plumage.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Dartford Warbler


This Dartford Warbler was on Portland, very near the Bill. I've seen many Dartford Warblers in Dorset, but never quite as far south as this one. Their range is growing following a reduction in numbers to just a few pairs in the 1960's.