A ‘fresh’, overcast, damp and foggy late October morning in Woodley, Berkshire, and the bushes and hedgerows were full of dew-covered spider webs, although very few with a resident arachnid.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
I was going to have a quick walk round Dinton but changed my mind and went to Moor Green and luckily the rain held off while I was there. Quite a few other people had the same idea so it got quite busy. Nothing exciting was seen but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I spent a […]
The cold damp mornings are really good for seeing spiders’ webs as they glisten with dew. and some webs just look a big, sticky mess… and a few late Darters were trying to catch a bit of warmth on the footpath and among the shrubs by the path. When the wind blows, trees that look […]
I spotted this industrious little spider right next to the entrance to one of my local bird hides and couldn’t resist a couple of photos and a short video clip.
I went to Southlake again on the spur of the moment as the sun decided to shine and it was remarkably warm. I was not the only one enjoying the unexpected warmth and sunshine… The Moorhen couldn’t decide what to do.. The reeds where I was standing were attracting several Hawker dragonflies, one of which […]
I am still seeing a few dragonflies despite the generally cooler weather, mainly darters and hawkers. They can be very difficult to spot on the footpath unless you see them land and even then they seem to blend in perfectly from a distance. Even this mating pair were almost impossible to see until you were […]