So, with the nice weather over the last few days I decided to make the most of it and head out to Thursley Common in Surrey. This is one of the best places in the country to see some of our native reptile species, especially Adder and the Common Lizard.
So I set off in search of my quarry, firstly heading to the boardwalks in search of the basking lizards. Within moments I had spotted my first subject, although I quickly learnt that they can be quite wary if you lower yourself to their level. I eventually worked out that if you start a way off at their level and crawl across the planks of the boardwalk, they tend to stay put and let you get that much closer. Considering I was using my 100mm macro, that was pretty essential!
After a couple of hours I accumulated quite a collection of images, some of which are featured below. But it was then that I turned my attention to an avian species, causing quite a commotion with the other members of public. A Hobby was screaming across the sky, darting this way and that way, before reaching out with its talons and plucking a helpless dragonfly out of the air.
After nearly 3 hours trying to get an image, I got one or two that are keepers but it was great fun and something I might well try again!
I hope you like the new slideshow feature below, let me know your thoughts!
Two sets of images for you this week. To start with the Barn Owl was out hunting again, over the water meadows at work. It is an amazing sight but slightly worrying seeing it out in the daylight again. On the Sunday I went round to see a friend and with the camera on standby I went to see whether I would have any luck photographing some Fox Cubs. Luckily for me one of the little devils was cooperative and rather inquisitive.
A lovely set of sightings for one weekend and I hope you like the photos ...
I am really lucky to live in rural Hampshire, as many of you know I bring it up quite a lot, the main benefit is that it can be easier to get closer to some of the wildlife. Last year, our local Rabbit population was devastated by the cruel disease Myxomatosis and it was last month when I first noticed more individuals in the area. It turns out the disease is still prevalent in the area but we do have a larger population than last year.
Anyway I have been photographing a small population of these Rabbits, living under my garden bonfire heap. It seems as if the Rabbits have indeed contracted the disease but for now at least they seem to be only slightly affected (there are few that are almost completely blind though). Over the coming weeks I will do my best to photograph them and keep an eye on how quickly the disease takes hold.
These photos were taken over the course of three days and although they were quite comfortable with me there, they are still very nervous. Any unusual noise sent them scurrying for cover, it was then around 10 minutes before the showed themselves again.
These were all youngsters as the adults seemed to be suffering badly from Myxomatosis. I am hoping that some of the population make it through and I manage to get some more images over the coming weeks.