I managed to get out with the camera yesterday and headed to farnham park in search of insects!
It great there this time of year, there are long grasses intermingled with buttercups and other wild flowers. The grasses are about half a metre high!
Trying to find butterflies is however a bit tricky, or should that be getting to and getting a good view is tricky! You see them flitting around near the ‘path’ areas through the grass then then fly deeper into the grasses with no way or getting to them.
Something kept telling me to head towards one of the ponds, so I listened to the ‘voice’ and was greeted with a Common Blue’ butterfly flitting around in the path grasses in front of me.
Trying then to get a view from far enough back without any grasses in the way was difficult. Each time I move the butterfly flew away, but staying still, each time it came back to within a few feet of before.
So this is what I ended up with. I would have liked to see a little bit more of the side and without the piece of grass, but considering this was on the ground not on the top of a piece of grass I guess it is ok.
Today some Starlings visited the bird table, the new food most be working!!
I got this great close up of one of the Starlings
Starlings may be regarded as nuisance birds, but their colouring is really quite amazing
After my first attempts at setting up a perch in the garden to photograph the birds, which got a good result, I had changed the perch to a more natural looking twig, it was a laurel twig before, but that’s where the success stopped. The birds didn’t seem to like it! Strange, as it was part of a tree branch!
Anyway, I persisted with the twig and today bought some more seed and some mealworms (expensive!). Within about 20 mins I had birds on the perch! I also put a ‘cage’ over the bird table to allow the small birds in, but keep the pigeons out!
I initially got sparrows, but then got a juvenile robin and suddenly the parent landed to feed it. It was a rushed shot, but actually managed to capture the moment!
So a couple a good photos today!
I have now started to upload some new Big Cats photos from the photographic day on bank holiday Monday at the Cat Survival Trust.
Here is a teaser
To see more and follow what new ones I might add, please view the Big Cat Gallery, oh, and they are all now retina quality images for the iPad.
I have also made a change that allows the image to be bigger if you have a large screen. That was one of the first changes I made of buying the large screen mac!
After my initially success on day 1 of setting up the perch, day 2 also was successful.
Since then though, I have changed the perch, to be more like a tree branch instead of the piece of laurel bush and my results have been a bit more hit and miss. I have managed to get a photo of a Robin but the composition wasn’t as good, so maybe now they are scared of it.
Anyway, I’m sticking with it as the perch looks good and hopefully soon get some good results.