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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Crackin week Gromit

So much has happened I had to find time let you all know about it.
 
On Tuesday the first of our Swallows arrived from Africa always a good sign - photo's to follow.
 
On Wednesday I walked down to the pond with the feed for the ducks and a female Moorhen popped off the island followed by five little black bobbits.
 
 
 
Both parents are very attentive and keep the little ones in the shadows so they are safe from predators.
 
Then to top it all today Chantelle the female Mallard's eggs hatched. First I saw one on his own and chirping, he had come to far and get stuck, he was at the opposite end of the pond from mums nest. Then I noticed three more in the centre of the pond so got the boat in the water and put the singleton back with it's siblings. Whilst on the water mum popped out from her secure nest site with more babies, then more appeared, then even more until eighteen frenzied little stripy balls of fluff were following mum around on the water.
 
 
One face in a crowd.
 
 
 
 
Mum and the Eighteen.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Newbies

This is so Scarlett can see our new arrivals - they are three young ducks who are all females.
 
 
Here we have Jackie, Jemima and Polly, so-called because Sue says that Jackie and Polly look like a Jackson Pollock painting.
 

 
 
These guys have never seen a pond or large amount of water so we will see how long it takes for them to follow the other ducks and start to enjoy a good swim and a bath. 
We only really wanted to just get the two dark ones but knew that the other would be in the pot tomorrow if she did not come home with us.
 
Another very temporary guest is this little chap who is a Garden Dormouse, whose hibernation I disturbed when getting some bales of straw down from our pile.
 
 
I popped him into a box with some of the straw and am happy to say that shortly after this photo session he burrowed into the straw curled into a ball and went back to sleep. He is now safe in a quiet cold part of the house where he will stay for the next few weeks until he is ready for the great outdoors.
 
To finish here are two shots of our Snowdrops before they fade away for another year......
 

 

Monday, January 20, 2014

2013

Sorry for not having posted for so long - I have put together a selection of my Images from last year with a tentative link to water.
Dancing in the mist
 
mist in the pines
 
 
our Syrah sorting out the new girl
the eyes have it

 
saplings in the flood
 
one of our Coypu
 
here he is showing you his wonderful orange teeth
 
fluffing up against the cold

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Still here

I went for a long walk down the lane with the dogs on Friday and it was cold and damp, I did not see a single Butterfly and thought that must be it for this year - boy I was so  wrong the next day all of these guys appeared. I am sorry the images are not all to normal standard but this is more of a diary record the types that are still around. 
 
 
 

 


 
 
Here is a very faeded and worn out painted lady - it may be over a year old and for such a fragile thing yet it still is managinng to get around and feed.
 
 
 
 
 





 

Here we have another rather tired article - a Cloudy Yellow very bright in colour and hard to photograph, when at rest it very difficult to see an very quick in flight.   



 







 
 


 


 
 
 




Friday, August 16, 2013

Hoppity, Skippity and Jumpity things

Here are a few shots of the Crickets and Grasshoppers that are currently hopping, skipping and Jumping around the garden.
 
 
 
 







 
Lastly this very wild creature is also often seen skipping and jumping around....
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ravenous wee beasties..............

 
 
 
These creatures are new to me but can only be described as ravenous wee beasties. They are called Hornet Robber Flies and catch and eat other small insects.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
They can be found in the UK as well as here and feed mainly on crickets, dung beetles and flies.
The Cricket below is less than a centimetre long and would be an ideal meal for one of the flies above. 
  
 


 

 
 
 


































Yet another new wee beasty on me were these tiny little black bees who are part of the miner bee family - they are only about six millimetres long and were emerging and foraging then returning loaded down with pollen.







 
 
 
 











 
Here you can clearly see the feathery legs on the bottom bee who is trying to get out, while the ones returning have very orange legs covered with pollen some arrive with so much they cannot get back in the hole.
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video
 
Not a great video but I hope you can get an idea of the size of them.
 
 
 
Lastly here is a Damselfly tucking into another insect - sorry not a perfect shot but I was being bitten all over by other winged creatures feasting on me and only had on shorts and T-shirt so was giving them lots to go at, but as they say one must suffer for one's art.