On Wednesday we went to Gibraltar Point, near Skegness in Lincolnshire. Traditionally, this is one of our “big days out’ in the year and, after a long break because of Covid, we were ultra excited at the prospect of what we might see. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. There was a dearth of birds and even the weather turned against us, so it was a sad and sorry journey home. So, to cheer myself up, I’ve had a look through some of my favourite birds from previous years. And here they are.
Clockwise from top left: Female Wheatear, Male Stonechat, Spoonbills, Female Reed Bunting, Juvenile Whitethroat, Cuckoo, Juvenile Avocet and Centre: Female Redstart.
This is the first Nature picture I ever entered into competition in the FIAP International Salons, on a wing and a prayer really. It was accepted into twelve Salons worldwide and, although it never won any awards, it encouraged me to keep competing. I still don’t like wasps, though.
As we’re still confined to barracks with not much hope of any bird photography on the horizon, I’ve collected a few winter birds taken in the East Midlands (UK) over the last few years. We can only hope that one day we’ll be out in the sunshine again listening to birdsong.
Hope is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all … Emily Dickinson
A small sample of the fantastic little mini-beasts we saw this summer, all observed at either Chambers Farm Wood, Lincolnshire, or at Skylarks Nature Reserve, Nottingham.
Elephant Hawk Moth (deilephila elpenor), caterpillar and moth. Hard to believe the little fellow on the left will encase itself in a pupa and hibernate all winter under leaf litter to emerge next summer as the glorious moth on the right.
Four Banded Longhorn Beetle (leptura quadrifasciata)
Latticed Heath Moth (chiasmia clathrata)
One of my favourite British butterflies, the Marbled White (melanargia galathea).
White-tailed Bumblebee (bombus locorum)
Green Shield Bug (palomena prasina), also known as a Green Stink Bug.