Thursday, February 02, 2017

Norfolk Hawker

In case it's not already obvious, photos are rarely added to this blog in chronological order! This is a Norfolk Hawker, photographed at Strumpshaw Fen in Norfolk.

Red Fox

Red Fox in the Forest of Dean.

Marsh Fritillary

Marsh Fritillary in Gloucestershire. The Marsh Fritillary was once widespread in Britain and Ireland but has declined severely over the twentieth century. The Marsh Fritillary populations are highly volatile and the species requires extensive habitats or habitat networks for its long term survival. It is now confined to the western side of Britain and Ireland.

Otter

A young Otter battles against the flow of the River Stour in Dorset.

Slow worm

From Summer 2016 this Slow worm was making its way across the top of a mossy tree stump when I took this photo.

Red Fox

A Red Fox on the prowl in the Forest of Dean.

Hawfinch

Hawfinch in the Forest of Dean.

Chinese Water Deer

A Chinese Water Deer in Cambridgeshire.

Great Grey Shrike

The Forest usually plays host to at least one over-wintering Great Grey Shrike. I haven’t spend any time photographing them this year so far – this shot is a couple of years old, but the same individual is most likely the same bird on that territory today.

European Nightjar

A Nightjar perches on a log in the Forest of Dean, photographed during a long-running research project on the species.

Red Fox

A Red Fox in the Forest of Dean.

Honey Bees

Discovered in a private area of the RSPB's Minsmere reserve while filming for the BBC, this Honey Bee swarm had located itself on the underside of the root plate of a fallen tree.

Grass Snake

A Grass Snake in Dorset. The Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) is Britain's largest terrestrial reptile. This snake is typically olive-green, brown or greyish in colour, with a variable row of black bars along the sides, occasionally with smaller round markings along the back in double rows. The underside of the grass snake is off-white or yellowish with dark triangular or rectangular markings. A characteristic black and yellow collar is present behind the head, which has earned the species the alternative name of 'ringed snake'

Red Squirrel

A Red Squirrel photographed near the Scottish/English border on a return trip from the Cairngorms.