Sunday, May 24, 2015


Blogger may be trying to show the wrong version of today's post as I had to edit it after finding I had misread an identification and edited the title. Hopefully the correct one will show after / below this one.

A Pretty Shock

I had decided to give the nursery pond a good clean out. Having moved one plant to the main pond I had just lifted the larger plant out and was removing the half log surround when I spotted something fly away. It didn't fly far enough for my liking and landed in the plant I wanted to move.

Can you spot it?


Maybe not yet as I stayed a good distance away for the first shot. Once I was reasonably certain it had settled and wasn't going to make any sudden movement I leaned a bit closer and zoomed in to take a few closer shots. This is the best one cropped:


An Angle Shades moth. ( Phlogophora meticulosa) Length about 1.5 inches and wingspan of  just over 2 inches. (35mm x 50mm). With my feelings towards larger moths, pretty as it was, I didn't stay close for very long. Not too bad when they are outdoors and still. As long as it doesn't decide to find its way indoors.

Crazy isn't it? A butterfly that size and I would be trying to creep as close as possible but with a moth I have this instant reaction of wanting to flee as fast and as far away as can be. If it was indoors I wouldn't be able to stay in the same room.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Where's My Share Then?

Supper time. Madam, seemingly asleep on her blanket by the front door, I sneak out to the kitchen to finish off a small pork pie. Quiet as I try to be the next thing I know there she is looking mournful and doing her best to look under nourished and half starved.

Where's my share then?:


Me: "You're fat enough already":


Ah well. Who can resist that silent look of hurt and disappointment?:


Both satisfied we go back, settle down, carry on listening to my favourite internet radio channel - ROK Radio, British Comedy Channel. Mainly old programmes recorded off air so with variable quality. Even many of the advert fillers are from years ago, along with occasional songs and music from post war years.

I love the old comedy when comedians didn't think they were funny unless they used expletives in every other sentence. I hate it when broadcasters like the BBC say that some modern programmes contain 'strong or adult language' when what they mean is foul language which only encourages younger listeners to think that's the normal way to speak to everybody all the time. Over the past 70 years I can't remember one occasion where I heard a relative or friend use such language and personally I object to it being beamed into my home.

Two other internet radio channels I like are - British Comedy and Goon Show Radio. In fact I've only just discovered that has lots of free, ad free radio channels; classical, country, 70s 80s pop, relaxing nature sounds and so on.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday at the Flicks - Baby Snail

Spotted this small garden snail last week gliding its way across the green wheelie bin. Love the way those eyes on stalks can look in different directions:

Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you wherever you are.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Stay There While I Find More Food

Yesterday was not a good day car wise. Twice I had a real struggle trying to engage reverse gear. Not nice in a tight parking space close to a car in front when that's the only direction mine wants to move. Took it to my local garage this morning fearing a gearbox or clutch job. The most probable diagnosis was clutch. Had to leave it there as it finally refused to recognise reverse at all. As it was due for a service and MOT test the consideration was would it be worth having all that done on a 17 year old car. So I had a look at the cars for sale and liked the look of a very reasonably priced used Honda Jazz. Test drove that in the afternoon and found it to be to my liking. A bit of a change from a Mitsubishi Charisma but with my low annual mileage it will do the job for £100 a year less in road tax.

Not much opportunity for nature photography with poor weather and clatting about with car, changing insurance, etc... Did manage one photo of a parent Starling setting off having just fed one of its brood:


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Brat Pack Arrives

Tuesday has been a mixture of Sunshine and heavy showers. Also it has been very noisy with the arrival of the Brat Pack - the first batch of fledgling Starlings which spend all day calling and nagging their parents for food, food and more food:

Fledgling Starling

Monday, May 18, 2015

Macro on Monday - Guess What

A bit delayed this morning. Madam achieved her ambition of catching a squirrel when I let her out in the back garden early this morning. Normally they are too fast. Now I know why she practices hurling her cuddly toys in the air nearly every day. Unfortunately before I could call her off the squirrel ended up with a broken back. I called the RSPCA but by the time they arrived it had passed away. Which was probably the best thing for it. Penny ended up with a bitten lip so I'll have to keep an eye on her.



Full marks all round this week. Congratulations and the virtual Midmarsh Gold Star go to Adrian, Wilma, TexWisGirl and Ragged Robin who all correctly identified the cropped view of a snail.

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This week we have a macro photo.
Guess What:

As always please leave any guesses in the comments.
They will be revealed, along with the answer, next Monday.
No prizes. Just for fun and maybe a virtual Midmarsh Gold or Silver Star.
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