A Red Fox photographed during the onset of dusk.
The Hawfinch is our largest Finch, up to 18cm and has a huge strong bill, it is large headed and bull necked. It is very shy. It is an uncommon British breeding resident with around 800 pairs. It occurs in deciduous woodland habitat throughout the country, however, although widely distributed, it is very localised, shy and difficult to observe. They are particularly attracted to stands of Hornbeams, Elm and Cherry. Their shy and retiring habits and lack of conspicuous song make it possible for people to live for years without discovering the presence of Hawfinches.
The Orange-tip is a distinctive spring butterfly. It is a medium sized butterfly which is often seen in gardens and along hedgerows and roadside verges especially in areas where water occurs. It is fairly Common throughout England Wales and Scotland but is absent from the far north of the British Isles.
Male Orange-tips have white wings with vivid orange wing tips with a dark spot where the white and orange areas of the forewing meet. The distinctive males are usually seen continuously patrolling backward and forward along hedgerows searching for newly emerged females. They will often investigate anything white such as flower petals or pieces of paper.
A Wild Boar piglet on a feeding foray in a stand of mature beech. This photo was taken a number of weeks ago, but this afternoon I enjoyed watching a group of three sows along with at least two litters of piglets feeding beneath the low canopy of the bracken. It was such a hot afternoon that when they reached a small pool of water, the adults simply led down in it to cool down. The piglets could barely keep their heads above the water but nevertheless they splashed about and cooled down in their own way.
I rarely convert wildlife photos to monochrome, and it seems particularly odd to do it with such a colourful bird as the Hawfinch, but I think it works here. Besides, I didn’t like the colour of the nettles in the background :) The Hawfinch is UK’s largest finch, it has a massive, powerful bill. Always shy and difficult to see, the hawfinch has become even more enigmatic in recent years with a decline in many of its traditional breeding areas. Numbers are hard to determine, however, as hawfinches are easily overlooked, especially in summer.
This fox has become a regular nightly garden visitor. I’m pretty sure it’s a male. He eats any surplus bird seed that has been left over that day. There’s also a Badger coming in nightly for the same reason, but it’s a case of whoever gets there first gets the food. This was shot through the lounge window with lighting provided by the external light on the house – no flash, 1/20th sec handheld. He’s only a couple of metres away, so a wide angle lens reduced camera shake.
Despite living in the right place for Wood Whites, somehow they’d always managed to elude me each year. They seem to exist in very localised colonies. The Wood White is one of our daintiest butterflies with one of the slowest and delicate flights of all the British butterflies. When at rest, the rounded tips of the forewings provide one of the main distinguishing features between this butterfly and other “whites”. Adults always rest with their wings closed. In flight, the male can be distinguished from the female by a black spot at the tip of the forewings that is greatly reduced in the female.