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N 19 B 60 C 4 E Jun 23, 2018 F Jun 24, 2018
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A pair of male Silver-studded blues roosting on Willloherb. These were my first ever in the UK thanks to an amazing visit to Prees Heath in Shropshire. More pics to come!

Tags:   Blue Roosting Butterfly Butterflies Butterfly Conservation Dawn Sunrise Morning Dew Flowerhead Willowherb Plebejus argus Silver-studded Blue Prees Heath Shropshire

N 2 B 54 C 2 E May 26, 2018 F Jun 24, 2018
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Common Coot / fulica atra. Derbyshire. 26/05/18.

'COUNTING DAISIES'.

Coots can be birds of two extreme behaviours ... either running aggressively across water, wings raised in pursuit of each other, before engaging in fierce battle ... or, like this one, so chilled they can't be bothered to stand up when feeding!
The latter behaviour seems to be a daily routine trait with them (though interestingly, not with Moorhens).

BEST VIEWED LARGE.

Tags:   common coot fulica atra derbyshire adult bird water bird common widespread coastal inland urban rural various wetlands ditches streams canals rivers ponds lakes gravel pits reservoirs resident population overwinters large winter flocks sexes similar greyish-black plumage bare white forehead white beak yellowish-green legs lobed feet swims dives varied diet aquatic plants seeds aquatic insects tadpoles grass territorial noisy aggressive fierce fights late spring afternoon sunshine lakeside grassy bank daisies squatting down active feeding eating grass relaxed confiding low PoV bokeh

N 13 B 60 C 5 E Jun 6, 2018 F Jun 24, 2018
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A rare wood white butterfly seen at the Linear Park in Cinderford earlier this month.

Tags:   wood white butterfly butterfly insect invertebrate macro Glos June summer Forest of Dean Cinderford Linear Park

N 5 B 45 C 2 E Jun 24, 2018 F Jun 24, 2018
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We had an unexpected and rather flamboyant visitor to our garden yesterday !

Ring-necked Parakeet is native to sub-Saharan Africa and India but the UK has a growing wild population established from escaped and released birds during the last century.

South East England (particularly parts of London) holds the bulk of the Ring-necked Parakeet population but a few birds are now spreading and breeding further afield.

Northumberland is a long way from London (as the parakeet flies) and this species is still a rare sight up here. However, sightings are on the increase as the UK's Ring-necked Parakeet population gradually expands.

Canon 7D Mk2 & Canon 300mm F.4 L + Canon 1.4x extender

1/800 sec, ISO 500, f5.6

Tags:   ring-necked parakeet rose ringed male embleton northumberland canon 7d mk2 mkii 300mm f4

N 37 B 196 C 1 E Jun 23, 2018 F Jun 24, 2018
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