An under-recorded bird, often overlooked for being their common cousins (Goldcrest) but these beautiful birds show more colour where it matters and sport an extra white eye-stripe, making that colourful crest stand out even more. This photo was taken as part of a small study on mimicking birds as this is the second individual that I’ve recorded singing both Firecrest and Goldcrest song.
You wouldn’t believe the amount of people that live in the Uk that still don’t even know that we have Lizards in this country. There was a time that I didn’t know either, and upon finding my fist as a child, that moment will forever stay with me.
Tawny Owl with Mouse
I’ve not taken the time to pay Ian Howell’s owl hide a visit, but I took my girl friend with me, as she loves owls and we had 3 visits from a pair of Tawny’s that are now starting to kick out the young.
My Rose bush took a hit this year as a fair amount of Sawfly laid their eggs in the stems. Upon hatching, these larvae took over and devoured quite a bit, but the Rose survived for another year.
Not very often you get this close to a Sparrowhawk but after a failed attempt at catching a Sparrow on the bird feeders, it landed just metres from the hide in beautiful sunlight.
They come in different colour phases, ranging from light slate grey to dark brown. This is the common dark phase and it’s a female showing her huge ovipositor used to lay her eggs. Dark Bush-Crickets are one of the only species of Cricket in the Uk that continues to chirp throughout the night, and in the day time, seeks out the shade. They are adapted to the colder temperatures unlike the Roesel’s Bush-Cricket that needs day time warmth in order to produce their sound. This for me makes the Dark Bush-Cricket an iconic British species, and the warm summer nights aren’t the same without them.
Water Rail dancing on ice
Why did the Water Rail walk across the ice? Literally.. to get to the other side lol, where the water had melted in the sun, allowing it to feed in the shallows.
Slow Worm with Lunch
Midday snack in my friends Garden. ‘Life that leaf he said’ and there it was, almost as small as the worm in which it was devouring. Fantastic species that’s actually a legless Lizard rather than a worm or a snake. If you look closely, they have eyelids and teeth just like a Lizard.
Osprey Balancing Act
An amazing experience getting close to our native Fish Hawks. Ospreys are a world wide loved species and it was an absolute pleasure to have photographed three Juveniles on my home patch.
One of the coolest patterned Grasshoppers in the Uk, they vary in shade, colour and pattern.
Red Deer Stag in Mist
Sunrise on an early cold autumn morning at Llandegfedd Reservoir
Just like the tide, when something is so strong, you can’t fight it, you just have to work with it and the same applied here with the backlighting from the white waves. Turned out to be one of my favourite images.
Red Deer Family
Common Blue Butterfly Backlit
Kingfisher With Fish
Eye Level Adder
My first sighting of Adders, basking on a beautiful sunny spring morning. I didn’t really have the right lens for the job, so took my chances with my macro lens and so long as no shadow was casted on them, they were completely fine with me, just 10 inches away from their face!
Male Stagg on Mountain Side
Kingfisher Stretching Beak
Red Fox on Toadstool
Hedgehog Crossing Road
Bearded Tit Splits
Red Squirrel on Forest floor
Wild Boar Humbugs
An experience I’ll never forget and one that’s got me totally hooked on the magical Forest of Dean.
Male & Female Brambling
Emerging from dense cover, these two wild boar siblings were play fighting in the warm spring sun.
Growing on the claw banks of Llandegfedd Reservoir in the depths of winter
At first I thought this was one big snake, till the second head appeared from the leaf litter. These are two Males, so to see them huddle up like this was special, considering they’ll be squabbling over a female soon.
Winter Polypore Thawing Morning Frost
The intended image was meant to be a frosty mushroom, but by the time I relocated the shroom, it had all melted in the morning sun.
Didn’t even need to leave the Garden for this one. I enjoy seeing this moss growing in the cracks of my garden wall… even though is falling apart.
Winter Great Spotted Woodpecker
Snow immediately sets the mood of this photo for me and the fact that the Male Woodpecker is slightly puffed up to keep insulated. This is my favourite woodpecker image by far.
Till the snow fell, I hadn’t quite managed to capture this Winter Polypore Mushroom in what looked like a winter setting. Even though the snow was melting, I think it really helped set the mood.