Wild life in the garden, or around!

(Paul Flinders) #47

Not our garden but “down south” in the Dordogne 2013 - Hummingbird Hawk Moth

(stella wood) #48

Guess what this is …:thinking: (apart from a scratch on the lense)

(Elisabeth Morgan) #49

We’ve got plenty of them here in the summer, not easy to get a pic of ! Very quick ! Here is our lavender at the moment. On the first pic, this is our eldest bush. But as you can see, it’s looking poorly at the bottom. Does anybody got an idea about what to do to help it, or do we have to get to the conclusion it did his time (about 7 year old) and need to plant new ones in a near futur ?

(Elisabeth Morgan) #50

Une luciole ?

(Paul Flinders) #51

Hand, bit of card, outside table, something slightly bright and fuzzy - firefly?

(Elisabeth Morgan) #52

Un ver luisant ?

(Paul Flinders) #53

Silver Washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) by the patio - again in the Dordogne 2013

(stella wood) #54

It’s a Glow Worm… we have them every year… :hugs:

(stella wood) #55

Paul, how did you see that… ??? Magic ??

(Paul Flinders) #56

Turned the office light off, right click and “view image” in Firefox which puts the pic against a dark grey background, let your eyes adjust for a second et voilà.

(David Martin) #57

(stella wood) #58

Your camera is better than mine David… :hugs:

(David Martin) #59

It was taken on my phone. That phone has an awful camera, I was lucky.

(Helen Wright) #60

I’ve just spotted a few of these…in my front garden and not in the meadow/wilderness outback…their colour is more of a translucent bronze/gold than this photo depicts…extremely reflective…have not been able to identify them online so far…

(Paul Flinders) #61

Looks rather dung-beetleish

(David Martin) #62


(Bill Morgan) #63

Ours haven’t turned up for the last two years Dave :worried:

(Mandy Davies) #64

Hoopoe. Snap!!!


(Helen Wright) #65

It could be but it seems a bit “bright”…they are on my hazels…the neighbouring field at certain times of the year has several cattle on it…I’ve been a bit sleepless the last three days as the farmer put two freisans on there who have done nothing but bellow and cry…I think it’s a beef farm rather than dairy but they have sounded so distressed and mournful that I can’t help thinking their calves have been taken away…,A calf was born in the field at the bottom of my garden today…whisked away in a tractor but then the mother was guided back to the cowshed…maybe they get to spend some time with their calves before separation…Equally I could have totally misinterpreted the situation…

(David Martin) #66

There’s always at least one here. I’ve never taken a good photo as I hide behind windows and use a long lens to stop them taking off. I’ve got lots of photos just none I’m proud of.
I do like this one my son took on his phone last year though.