Notes on nature

Wildlife

Wildlife
We're about more than just birds (though obviously we like them a lot).

Notes on nature

We love nature... from every little bug on a blade of grass to birds, butterflies, otters and oaks!
  • Monday's magic moment: bee happy

    I spent a lovely week in Wales earlier this month, and got a tiny bit of obsessed with trying to get a good bee photo.

    There were lots of bees around on the wonderful flowers near where we were staying, so I spent quite a lot of time with my camera set to macro, and also wishing I could tell the different species apart!

    Bees drinking nectar and collecting pollen is such a natural (and important!) thing. When I watch them do it, I feel like I'm having a moment of really connecting to nature.

    In the interests of full disclosure, the above photo is definitely not one of my efforts - it's by Sue Kennedy. It's a bumble bee on chive flowers. If you'd like to order a print or a canvas of this, or any other of the wonderful images we have, visit RSPB Images.

  • Monday's magic moment: dragons and damsels

    This is one of my favourite times of year... the time when dragonflies and damselflies are emerging.

    These colourful insects can be seen near streams, rivers and ponds almost anywhere - town or country. The bigger dragonflies can spend up to three years living underwater as a larva.

    The four-spotted chaser dragonfly in this photo, by Guy Rogers, has just completed its metamorphosis and is resting on its empty 'shell' (known as an exuvia). It looks a bit weird but the process is fascinating to watch.

    Have you seen a dragonfly or damselfly yet this year?

    Browse RSPB Images to find more gorgeous photos like this one. You can order a print or canvas of any one that takes your fancy!

  • Monday's magic moment: superstar stickleback!

    We don't get many fish on Monday moment do we? But this is no ordinary fish!

    I spent last week at our magical Minsmere nature reserve. Water voles plopped into the pond behind the cafe, bitterns boomed from the dense reedbeds and adders warmed up by basking in the Suffolk sunshine. But many of our visitors weren't here for these traditional Minsmere highlights - oh no! They were here for something quite different - a tiny stickleback named Spineless Simon!

    Forget Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games, our Si is the real star of BBC Springwatch!

    From his nest right beside the Island Mere hide, the trials and tribulations of stickleback life are broadcast to the nation. And visitors were flocking to the hide to catch a glimpse of their fishy hero.

    So in honour of Spineless Simon, here is a stickleback for you...

    Stickleback. Image by Ray Kennedy (www.rspb-images.com)

    This image is from RSPB Images - our online library of nature images from around the world. Take a look, maybe you can find something less fishy for yourself?