These are from a few days ago at Pennington.
Good numbers of Lapwing are back after the breeding season when only a few pairs stay.
Flighty things, sometimes, going up every few minutes, but their acrobatics are fabulous to watch.
They look quite intense when coming at you head on!
A mirrored male Gadwall coming back into Winter/breeding plumage
If the arrival of Swallows heralds Summer, then the return of waterfowl must herald winter and the Teal are already arriving ... this female caught the light in her feathers while preening.
I'd actually gone out because I thought it would be one of the last good insect days. There aren't many flowers left, so the Michaelmas Daisies were absolutely buzzing with critters, mainly Hoverflies, a few late bees and flies and the odd flutterby.
If you're thinking this might be a Footballer (or Sunfly) you'd fail to win the cigar. It's the close relative, Helophilus Trivittatus.
This, however, is a Footballer, Helophilus Pendulus. Feel free to play spot the difference
And another Hover. As far as I know it doesn't have a common name (Myathropa Florea)
One of the easily identifiable Tachinid flies, Tachina Fera. You've got to love ... well, alright, respect ... something even spikier than Boudicca's chariot!!
Making the most of all this 'food', one of our biggest spiders and a close relative of the Garden Spider, a Four-spotted Orb-weaver. I couldn't make out what it had caught.
"Nobody gives me any mealworms." A contender for 'Saddest Robin 2019'
I already have some others to put up but it might be a couple of days before I work through them - too busy using free time in the sun to take photos and not enough time to process them until the weather deteriorates and I catch up!
Stunning photos Nige and cracking detail on the insects, recent sunny weather certainly brought them out over the last week; love the spider too. The lapwings, gadwall, teal and deep in thought robin are crackers too.
Nigel O said:This, however, is a Footballer, Helophilus Pendulus. Feel free to play spot the difference
I think I recognise it …………. it's the one making a pass to Daisy and dribbling nectar lol
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In reply to HAZY:
HAZY said:it's the one making a pass to Daisy and dribbling nectar lol
Yep, that sounds like a footballer
I'm not starting a new thread for these, but there are too many to put in Odds.
Some hawthorns currently have a good berry crop, but if the Redwings don't come soon, the locals will have scoffed the lot. There were eight-ish Greenfinches chewing their way through them.
One juvenile Blackbird swallowing them whole
And tossing them back like there'd be no tomorrow.
There were two Mistle Thrushes in there as well, but they refused the model consent forms so I couldn't photograph them and that was just one tree. The Winter Thrushes are going to have to get a move on or they'll miss out!
After spending ages stalking a Cetti's, I went into one of the hides and after only a few minutes this turned up.
This is THE perch to get the KF at Pennington but it's not used that often and it's taken me 3 years to get it. The reason it's the favoured perch is because the shot is uncropped vertically, so you can imagine how close the bird is ... and it was a sunny day, too!
I know it's male but I'm guessing it's a youngster (from foot colour?)
More intent on hunting than posing, it soon caught something, although it doesn't look like a fish, and went back to a different perch.
Trying out all the options - another perch ...
... Another meal
Just showing off his fish juggling skills
Kingfisher, he speak with forked tongue
He sort of looks like a small, colourful penguin in this one
It's not been a good year for photographing KF's at Pennington this year (a mix of dry weather early on and algae blocking the perches later), so I was doubly pleased with this.
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