Insects

Spiders and ants

Wandering along a narrow path through dense undergrowth I came across a couple of nice webs. This first sprawling spider web was a beautiful golden colour, particularly when caught by the sunlight. Quite a large web with a large arachnid in residence. No idea what species it is, though. This second arachnid was also large, although much more slender...
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Insects

Termite mounds, wasp nests and other bits

There is always something new to learn. Not that I have ever really given termite mounds any thought whatsoever until I saw some and did a bit of research. The mounds apparently result when the underground ‘nest’ expands and they can reach up to nine metres in height, although the normal is around two metres or so. The mounds...
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Animals

Two wet and windy outings

The weather has been variable with lots of wind and rain so not ideal for outings or photos.  I did go to Bix, near Henley and watched the Red Kites soaring overhead and occasionally skimming the grass or landing in the fields.  Buzzards were also soaring high, being chased away by crows.  At the nature reserve itself, I did...
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Animals

Odds and ends from the garden and Southlake

The garden pond is brimming with water after all the recent rain and is looking nice and clear. The Sparrows are still after the peanut butter even when there is plenty of other food out for them.. I had another visit from the Red Admiral butterfly which was nice. Red Kites are never absent from the skies, sometimes soaring...
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Birds

Wind and Rain at Dinton

Despite the bad weather, there is plenty of activity on all the lakes and lots of the ducks are looking nice and colourful in their winter plumage. The Lapwing are also looking bright and colourful and increasing in numbers. The bund is mostly under water after the heavy rain but is still a popular resting place for all the...
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Birds

Recent local outings

I have been on a couple of little walks recently although we are now back to wind and rain, including thunderstorms.  A quick walk around Fobney Lock was very quiet but I did watch a pair of Kestrels chasing each other and a Green Woodpecker took off from the path right in front of me. No great photos but...
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Dragonflies and Damselflies

A great day for dragonflies

A glorious October Sunday morning, temperatures still in the mid-twenties, so nothing more than shorts and t-shirt necessary and it was off for a little wander. I was a bit surprised by the number of dragonflies still whizzing around, they were everywhere. Dozens of Emperor Dragonflies, Anax imperator, lovely to watch as they fly up and down, up and down...
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Insects

The Living Rainorest – a few Creepy-Crawlies

There are several exhibits in glass enclosures dotted around the walkways and sometimes it is easy to see what is inside, sometimes impossible. Some, like the Hissing Cockroaches and the Giant Land Snails always seem to be moving but others hide themselves away. It is the first time I have seen the Giant New Guinea Stick Insect. This friendly...
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