Vantage point

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Walking past one the other day, I said to R, “Why is it ‘bald as a coot’? They’re not even slightly bald.” This evening, checking to see whether today’s juve was a coot or a moorhen, I found out: it’s … Continued

Juve

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“Good evening, and welcome to another edition of Wrong Camera, Wrong Lens!“ So there I am, wandering around the garden with the 7DII and macro, looking for bugs, when suddenly there’s a loud squawking noise (unusual in an invertebrate), and … Continued

Master of disguise

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I drove all the way to the Stiperstones in Shropshire today – a round trip of about 150 miles – in search of Grayling butterflies. I don’t often have a reason to be in Shropshire, but actually the county is … Continued

Casual

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If you think this is gross, you should see the extra. If you’re squeamish, DON’T CLICK ON THE EXTRA!! If you’re not squeamish, however, you may like to admire a truly splendid set of mandibles. When I said that there … Continued

Velvet

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R and I went out for breakfast this morning, and then on to Charlecote Park, where we had a very pleasant walk while the morning was still slightly overcast and not too hot. The fallow deer, as usual out of … Continued

Graceful

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I suppose you’d say that she’s a wasp mimic, though with that long, elegant body she’s not a very good one. She’s a Sphaerophoria – probably S. scripta, because in England that’s the most common species of this genus, and … Continued

Chasing

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I was tired and out-of-sorts today, largely because of my increasing anxiety about the hideous political mess we’re in at the moment, and a lack of any optimism that it’ll get better any time soon. I didn’t really feel like … Continued

Hawking

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I went to Trench Wood this afternoon in search of a fairly rare colour variant of the Silver-washed Fritillary, which turns up there each year and has been reported a few times over the past couple of weeks. I didn’t … Continued

Kelmscott

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“It’s my thing,” I said, frowning. “I know it’s your thing,” said R. “But you don’t have to do your thing absolutely every day. You could post architecture every now and then.” “To give everyone a break, you mean?” “Well…. … Continued

Small Copper

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Occasionally, I know what I want to photograph and where I might find it, and when I go to that place my subject is there and I get the shot I want. Very occasionally. Yesterday my camera battery ran out … Continued