Sunday, May 29, 2011

Feathery things

I've been doing a bit of ringing lately...

Barn Swallow
Female Swallow we caught in a mist-net at Beeston, right next to the bird feeders! Don't think she was after sunflower hearts, somehow...

Long-tailed Tit juvenile
Juvenile Long-tailed Tit

Chaffinch juvenile
and juvenile Chaffinch, both from Beeston. You can see the primaries are still growing out of their 'pins' (sheaths)

Starling
Adult female Starling, whoosh-netted in a Biggleswade garden

Starling tail
She was growing new tail feathers. For Starlings, it's autumn already

Cetti's Warbler
Cetti's Warbler at Paxton Pits - the first-ever to be trapped and ringed there

Nightingale retrap
A male Nightingale originally caught at Paxton a couple of years ago

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Insects are out and about!

Small Copper
Small Copper

Brown Argus
Brown Argus

Brown Argus
Brown Argus

Common Blue butterfly
Common Blue

Orange-tip and Honesty
Orange-tip

Green-veined White
Green-veined White

Four-spotted Chaser
Four-spotted Chaser

Azure Damselflies
Azure Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly
Large Red Damselfly

Damselfly
not sure about this one...
photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Look me in the eye

Blackbird

As Imperfect and Tense said, the last thing many a juicy worm sees.

Went ringing this morning. Only caught four birds (enough to go round the three ringers, with one spare), but even a humble Blackbird's pretty good really, isn't it...?

photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM