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Discussion in 'Photos & Photography' started by Harvestman, Jan 23, 2013.
Taken this morning.
This is Wilberforce - The Fox That Snoozes On The Shed.
Just been out in the back garden, trying a bit of insect photography with a manual focus 500mm catadiaoptric lens with a fixed aperture of f/6.3 on my Canon EOS100D, from about 2.5m away from the lavender.
It's really difficult trying to photograph bees on lavender; they spend only a few seconds on a flower before buzzing of to another, and the flower heads being on long stalks, the weight of the bumblebee or the slightest breeze makes them wave around a lot.
This was one of the best.
Two or three times in the last 20 sum years when the water is low enough, swans visit and feed. They come and go for a couple of months in the fall. They were here in 2018.
The small lake we're on gets smaller and much noisier. Trumpeter swans are loud and like a big brass band that can't seem to keep a tune but they sure are majestic creatures. We get the chance to get to know them. Aki was experimenting with the spotting scope attachment for the camera.
A Spotted Flycatcher telling me off for being too near its fledglings. These are one of the last migrants to arrive and nest here.
Just, 'WOW', because I'd heard rumours there were otters in the river Medway but I was not entirely convinced.
And there we were today, down near Teston lock, having a picnic and a wander along the river when...
I'm still shocked about how bold and brazen it was. It came within 10 feet and didn't seem at all bothered.
A truly great thing to see and I'm still bubbling with excitement.
Cool thing to see. There are reports of otters round here.
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A Red Kite.
I know that to some on here they are a common sight but here in the south east, though numbers are increasing, they are still an uncommon thing.
This was seen on Sheppey.
Sorry about the quality of the image - it was taken in a bit of a rush. I saw a large bird over the marshes and just wrote it off as another marsh harrier, then it turned and I saw the tail. I pulled over, and fortunately it came closer.
All I had with me was a mobile phone...
A couple of quick snaps of what I think in a harvestman on the wall of the house.
I am the lizard whisperer!
I gave this little fella a stroke under the chin. He then poked out his tongue and licked my finger. Silly sod - he wouldn't if he'd known where it'd been.
I taught my niece and nephew how to catch lizards a few days ago. I'm surprised they didn't ask to keep one as a pet; they were happy to let the lizards run up and down their arms in in their hair for a few minutes before letting them go.
Joke is on you, you have no idea where his tongue has been
I picked up my straw hat to go out in the sunshine, and noticed I had a new guest.
The moth almost certainly chose my hat to match the colour of his wings...
He stayed on there while I was wearing it for a good hour and a half, while I went about lighting the barbecue, cutting a notch in a hammer handle and rummaging around looking for a wedge.
I think he flew off when I hung my hat over the back of my chair and sat down to eat.
In the garden yesterday afternoon, my nephew saw something move in the grass near his feet, and asked me what it was.
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A mantis! An immature female, I think.
This is only the second one I've ever seen in the wild. The other was about fifteen years ago, found by another nephew, in the field next to the house.