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  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: a field of poppies

    With yesterday being Remembrance Sunday, I thought it was the perfect time to find a picture of some poppies. Whilst we pause to remember all those who have lost their lives, this farmland scene might make us remember the wildlife we've lost from our countryside too. I was out on farmland yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: safety in numbers

    One of the other great autumn-winter spectacles is the sight of a seething cloud of starlings appearing in the early evening around a roosting spot, known as a murmuration . If you can't visualise what I'm talking about you might remember a Carling advert from almost ten years ago that used...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: autumn consolation

    What's the best thing about autumn? Bonfire night? A lie-in on 26 Oct? It's got to be that visual feast of autumn colours hasn't it? The beautiful reds, oranges and yellows that we see on broadleaf trees in mid autumn. The conditions needed to make really good autumn leaf colour are...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: darting about

    As September slips into October our insects are shutting up shop until next spring. Not all of them though. Attempting to match the autumn colours, male common darters are still patrolling the air. I spotted a couple at the weekend - have you seen any of these or any other insects recently? Here's...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: searching for dippers

    I walked for miles down a stream in the Lake District the other day, a journey that surely merited an encounter with one of my favorite birds, the dipper . But as nature is inclined to do sometimes it left me wanting, so I delved into RSPB-images today to take a digital look at what I missed out on...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Out of the grass...

    I've got a question for you. Have you ever walked through a meadow, and seen a small brown bird erupt out of the grass in front of you and fly off? Yes? Well that happened to me a lot yesterday. I was out at Orfordness - a shingly slice of Suffolk's varied coastline. A former cold war nuclear...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: barn owl or badminton

    When out for an after work jog on my local nature reserve, Fen Drayton , I was treated to the sight of a ghostly white face floating silently over the fields. It was of course a barn owl and it was great to see this beautiful animal hunting so close to where I live. The spectacle lasted about half...
  • Blog Post: Tuesday's magic moment: levitating acorn

    How was your long weekend? Saturday and Sunday were good for me, whilst Monday was seriously damp in my neck of the woods. So I thought a splash of colour could cheer you up on another wet day. And I hope you won't mind if it's dry where you are! Here's a jay looking like it has mastered...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: a quick dip

    For frogs, the recent weekend of cloud and rain was probably quite pleasant, provided they weren't washed away! But when things dry out even small garden water features can be a lifeline to amphibians, not to mention somewhere for thirsty birds to have a drink. I really like this small but...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: a summer splash of colour

    The yellow on the golden oriole hits you and straight away and makes you think: that's way too bright for the UK, it would stick out like a sore thumb among our usually more (ahem) subtly coloured birds. But for the privileged few that live in or visit the right bits of England you might get to...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: our viper

    The unmistakable diamond-back pattern of the adder is a wonderful thing to behold. But even if you're a fan of these reptiles, when you see one there's still a part of your brain that remembers with a jolt: 'that thing's poisonous!'. With it being the only member of the viper family...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: summer meadows

    July always brings a smile to my face. Okay, we're not there just yet, but my birthday is in July and I always think of lazy, hot summer days and the insects take over. It perhaps wasn't the most summery of weekends - plenty of rain here anyway. So here's a lovely summer meadow shot...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: beautiful?

    With it's hairy legs, pincer like jaws and bulbous eyes you could be forgiven for thinking the ' beautiful demoiselle ' (a kind of damselfly) is poorly named. But it if you catch a glimpse of them or the banded demoiselle in flight you can appreciate why their genus name Calopteryx is...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: stay away!

    This nightjar has broken its usual camouflage to bravely protect its nest from an approaching adder; our only venomous snake. It's making itself look as big as possible, and that massive mouth might just be enough to give the snake pause for thought. If you're very lucky, and near some...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: washing is fun!

    Happy Monday everybody! Here's a picture of a kittiwake enjoying itself - I hope it brings as big a smile to your face as it does to mine! Taken by Andrew Parkinson, it shows a kittiwake having a very over-exuberant wash! Normally you see images of these dainty gulls gracefully patrolling...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: bear in the woods

    I saw a bear at the weekend, it was great. Granted it was at Whipsnade zoo and I was safely on the right side of the fence but given that the brown bear ( Ursos arctos ), as this was, used to live in England what I liked most about seeing this animal, was that the woodland habitat in its enclosure...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: has spring sprung for you?

    And have you seen any butterflies yet? It was a glorious spring day in Bedfordshire yesterday. The sun was shining, blue, great and coal tits were singing away and smelt the first barbecues of the year! I even played cricket. But it was the butterflies that were most in evidence. After hibernating...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: gulls just wanna have fun...

    How can I follow Lucinda's bumper selection of moments from last week? Toughie, isn't it? I've plumped for a slightly different view of a familiar bird - a black-headed gull . In winter, all that's left of the black head is two little smudges on either side of the head. Looks a bit...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: Stars in the snow

    Starlings. Noisy and sociable they're a common sight in our gardens. And what with the huge flocks seen in some parts at this time of year, you'd be forgiven for thinking that starlings are doing rather well. This however masks the truth that the UK population has halved since 1995. Released...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Beautiful fog

    Waking up to the drab grey of fog doesn't immediately fill you with enthusiasm for the coming day, but this shot of a black-headed gull silhouetted against the sun shows how beautiful even this weather can be! With a week that promises more cold and fog perhaps this will inspire the budding photographers...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: Rustling in the leaves...

    Happy Monday! When thinking up today's Monday Moment, I discounted foxes, kangaroos and kiwis on account of various dismal sporting results over the weekend. So, if like me you need a little pick me up, how about a picture of a cheeky weasel poking his head up through some autumnal leaves? ...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: Precarious fungi

    Maybe I watched too many cartoons as a kid but when I saw this I immediately imagined the fungus snapping off and the squirrel running in the air - Wile E Coyote style - before plummeting to an explosive landing. Anyone else? What I really wanted to focus on was the fungi itself! These vital members...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: Beards in the rain

    'No, it can't live here' 'That's too exotic-looking for the UK'. These are just a couple of comments from non-wildlife enthusiasts when I show them a picture of a bearded tit . Despite the wind and rain I managed to get out and see some good wildlife this weekend. Amongst...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: eating locusts

    Last week I was in the closest thing Europe has to a desert. This already feels like a distant memory, but being hit in the face by a relative of this guy - the desert locust - was not a forgettable experience. This image wasn’t taken in the desert but in Norfolk! Given that these creatures...
  • Blog Post: Monday's Magic Moment: Watch it acorns...

    Want something with a touch of the exotic to brighten up your Monday? Who doesn't?! Well, today I bring you the humble jay . With its pinky/purpley body feathers, dazzling blue wing patch and pristine white rump, jays ought to stick out a mile. Yet I always hear that they hide away through winter...