Sunday, 6 June 2010

Wildlife week

It's been a week for wildlife this week.

On Tuesday I saw a Red Kite flying over the field behind where I work. Red Kites are becoming quite a common sight in the area but it's the first time I've seen one in this particular location. Also on Tuesday I saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker in our grounds at work. Again, they're not an uncommon bird but it's the first time I've seen one at work. We get lots of Green Woodpeckers though.

On Wednesday I saw a Slow Worm in the woods behind work, and I rescued a fledgeling Bluetit who launched out of a tree and crash landed at my feet. Luckily both dogs were on leads! I just moved Bluetit to the wall at the side of the foot path in case he got stepped on.

Saturday night at my brothers house there were loads of Stag Beetles. I'm not a huge fan of Stag Beetles and prefer not to get too close, but they are amazing creatures to watch. We also caught a newt from their pond, I think it's a Smooth Newt but not 100%....

Today on my dog walk I rescued a Lime Hawkmoth from a pond. He'd fallen in and was desperately trying to get out but wasn't going to do it alone. I fished him out on a stick and left him resting and drying out. Hopefully he survived! He was exhausted and sitting very still, so I was able to take quite a clear photo.


An English Shepherd said...

What a great picture, very well camouflaged that Hawkmoth :-)


Jackie said...

Thank you! I was very pleased with the picture, normally I would just get a brown blob when photographing things like this!