Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Birds and Bees - Garden Wildlife

It took Carolyn several blurred attempts to finally catch one of these guys in action
Following the recent visit from our local dragonfly catching flying ants on the wing, Carolyn decided to grab some pictures of our other regular garden visitors this summer.

I think the laws of flight still suggest that the bumble bee being able to fly is impossible, so this picture of the humble bumble bee defying science only adds to the wonder of these amazing insects. We have had some lovely garden blooms this year and the bees have had a feast among the various blossoms.

This chap on the other hand was more than happy to have his picture taken
The USA may have its bald eagle, and the Australians their Emu, but in a recent poll of the British public choice for a national bird, as we don't have one too date, the favourite response was the plucky little Robin (Erithacus rubecula). These little chaps and chapesses, as both male and female look the same and only the Robin knows the difference, are very bold little birds and will land at your feet when working in the garden, walking close to as if they own the place and you are the visitor.

In their flashy red waistcoats, they are instantly recognisable and the affection they hold with the British public defies the protests of others who proclaim more larger powerful looking examples of British bird life. Personally I love this little redcoat and delight when he or she fearlessly lands close by as if to say "you do know whose place this is?"

Carolyn's fine study of Britain's favourite bird


  1. You are becoming quite the naturalist, Jonathan.

  2. Thanks chaps. It is so easy to take for granted what is common and you see every day. Carolyn's pictures really grab the eye and reminded me to appreciate what a treat it is to be able to see these creatures doing their stuff.