Invertrevretes in the garden this afternoon

  • In reply to Zo Clark:

    Zo Clark said:

    Thanks. Cause I been very local Iv been Garden, Stream round the corner, Highfield garden world or short drive this week. So it’s been mainly insects and invertrebetes. The upside Im getting to know the insects and invertrebetes very well the down side I’m missing open spaces like hills. One of my favourites is Selsley cause it’s wide and vast the only houses or buildings you see is across the horizon and even then it’s mainly Wales River Severn and the Forest of Dean. Staying local isn’t to do with with my back something else.  But still very frustrating nether the less. On the 15th I was going to just go for a short ride in the car but My luck dwindled and I didn’t go out at all that day. on the 15th when I did my back that was defiantly very frustrating there were some angles I had to take pictures in which I couldnt and some of the photos weren’t as good cause of that. And had to take frequent breaks. Luckily cause I rested my back by the evening my back started getting better so was able to take more pictures on the 16th im trying to remember I still need to be careful cause I don’t want to set it off but my back defantly added to the Frustration Iv been haveing this week so that was definitely a bad day . the good news is it’s better than it was I just have to be careful

    While it is always nice to get out and about, boy did I take many photos from my garden during the first lockdown, but it was good and while I didn't see much more than normal, I did get some good photos of robin courtship and the agility of many birds trying to access the feeders. So it could be worth spending some time in your garden, you could be in for quite a pleasant surprise what activity there is.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • In reply to Mike B:

    I went to Highfield Garden world twice and the stream 2 or 3 times. A short ride in the car but not actually getting out was more often and most of the week was in the garden so I mainly been in the garden one of the knats I’ve taken are from Highfield garden world and the most recent is from the kitchen. Some of the insects and invertrebetes I took were from the stream but most of them were from the garden. I havnt really been getting out and about and the Cotswold hills have differant wildlife to what you see in the garden and one of them supports a rare Buttetfly and this is the right weather and time of year for Butterfly’s. Also in  warm weather if in open areas you get the sun full on with no obstruction Which is why I miss open spaces like Selsley common cause is very vast. That and there’s a sign that says 4 Buzzards nest in the woods there at the  common. And so people can see them.  Not only that you get Skylarks on Selsley Common in Spring and Summer which I want to get a picture of and film. While I know the insects and invertrebetes in the garden very well there was aIot of differant ones that turned up most of them were in or near the stones around my pond or near Some of the Ragwort I have in the garden or on some of the flowers near there. They were most active in the sun. Cause of the wall in the garden I don’t exspeariance the sun to the exstent I would in a open area the light changes from one spot to another. It’s on my Wildflower borders early in the morning when I have breackfast and on my pond later in the morning and stays on the pond most of the time. Due to factors like shadows from the tree and the wall block some of it out the sunniest areas are usually near or around the pond area. And the sun shineing on the insects makes the colourful ones show up well since it’s when the light hits them a certain way you see the iridescence. I had 2 Blue Tits one eat from my feeder and the other drink and wash there face in the bird bath the other had a go aswell. Apart from that I havnt had anything particularly interesting bird wise. The gulls have been very active and vocal flying over the garden landing on my chimney and 2 mates gulls doing a orchestra both looking up at the sky and calling together at the same time. Mimicking each other and sticking together aswell. The Woodpigeon has been eating and looking for nesting material but apart from that nothing really very surprising during the week I was mainly in the garden. Easter Sunday was a change cause I went to see Mum and the dogs for Easter Sunday. Before I went to her house I went to Highfield. Going to highfield wasn’t much of a change but was I was going to see was and to my surprise a Buzzard showed up I told Mum even though we are leaving I need to get a picture of it cause I been trying to get a proper photo and film of a Buzzard all month since they can be distant or silhouetted and this low one isn’t going to be at home then I went to Mums house and came back in the evening. Apart from Easter Sunday most of the week has been in the garden

  • In reply to Mike B:

    Some Wildlife just appear without you knowing I find that’s defiantly the case with Birds of prey. I never know when a Bird of prey will turn up all I can do is increase my chances Of finding one. Even then there’s lots of factors like abundance of food demands of chicks during breeding season and also Seassonal tempratures weather patterns and other things aswell. Plus if there’s no thermals your not likely to see a Buzzard rideing a thermal If it’s not rideing a thermal it might be on the ground or perched on a branch or a post. Or other Buzzard things. Nature is still in charge. The day I saw that Buzzard I took a photo of and filmed I wasn’t exspecting to see it but did know it was more likely cause there was a lot of Thermals going on.

    Invertrevretes wise I find they can be Easyer to chance upon since a lot of birds look for them. Sometimes I wonder something. The Woodpigeons don’t mind walking around me looking for food in Spring and Summer since they see me going out to places like hills and commons and looking at insects and invertrevretes in the garden then rather than in the Winter so do just see me as part of there surroundings around that time and tend to be more timid in Winter cause there not used to see me going out or going in the garden as much as normal then 

    They sometimes land behind my camara when I’m doing it at an angle my head isn’t in the way and they actually see the screen when I have zoomed in I allways wonder what they think of it and with the Starlings and other tamer insect eating birds they sometimes catch a glimpse of a worm or beetle on my camara and They do watch me with curiosity and intent when looking for insects and invertrevretes I allways wonder what they think when they see it magnified and I bet when I’m looking for insects it can draw attention to them to a certain extent.

    I didn’t have a good day for photography yesterday I got very fustraited with my phone I forgot to bring my I pad and my phone couldn’t make its mind up weather the battery was full or not so kept going off every time I tryed to take a picture so spent most of the time watching a Bumblebee I couldn’t get a photo of includeing a flower and a bird on a fence and repeatedly trying to take a photo none were good cause my camara had a mind of its own and came on blurry if it let me use the camara and would only let me take 1 or 2 photos of a flower and then the rest blurry photos and only worked yesterday evening That was very fustraiting even though you don’t use a device like a I pad or phone have you ever had a fustraiting camara day like that?

  • I don’t have a cold or anything but I thought it would be worth mentioning that Im feeling under the weather so I might or might not post much photos this afternoon it just depends on how I’m feeling later on this afternoon or this evening. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to send any photos at all but that it might or might not be as much as normal it just depends on how I feell later or this evening
  • In reply to Zo Clark:

    Hope you feel better soon ;-)

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • In reply to Zo Clark:

    Zo Clark said:
    I don’t have a cold or anything but I thought it would be worth mentioning that Im feeling under the weather so I might or might not post much photos this afternoon it just depends on how I’m feeling later on this afternoon or this evening. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to send any photos at all but that it might or might not be as much as normal it just depends on how I feell later or this evening

    Hopefully you're feeling a lot better now Zo.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • In reply to Mike B:

    Thanks. Yes I am feeling better. Sorry I didn’t reply strait away I went to go and see my family and then went for a dog walk and Wildlife walk in Hucclecote they picked me up this morning and I came back at half past 6. Also with not getting out and about I think things are starting to go back to normal again and things will hopefully be back to normal again next week where I can go out and about abit more But I wont know if it will be completely back to normal or not until next week