Showing posts from June, 2016

Macro Wildlife Photography

Summer is the time of year when insects are out in huge numbers; the bees cover the flowers, joined by butterflies and moths. This makes these few months arguably the best time for getting out and spotting invertebrates, and therefore a great time to photograph them too.

Just a short walk around Papercourt brings up many different species of insect at this time of year, mainly bees and spiders. We headed down to search the bushes and nettles for anything interesting.

The easiest to spot were certainly the bumblebees, which was great to see given their dramatic decline in this country in the last century. There were large numbers of them feeding on the berry bushes beside the path, allowing us to get close enough to take some good macro photos, which clearly show the bees in all their glory, in enough detail to make out the hairs that line their bodies.

Flying amongst the stinging nettles that were creeping ever further across the path, in some places making them difficult to cut through,…

Camera Trapping Surrey's Wildlife

It's been far too long since I have blogged about Surrey and it's wildlife, but now that spring and summer have arrived to the UK, Surrey has erupted into life. The birds are breeding, with some chicks having fledged by now, and butterflies and moths have emerged into the summer sun. And more than anything, the countryside has burst into colour; the trees a vibrant green.

I know most of what lives in Surrey mammal wise, but have never put camera traps out to capture them going about their normal lives, rather than how we normally see them; from behind as they run in the opposite direction. So I put my camera trap out in the countryside overnight to see what we could get.

The first location was along quite a well-trodden trail, bordered on both sides by vegetation, which seemed like a path used often by mammals, possibly fox, but most likely Roe Deer

And sure enough, a couple of hours before nightfall, a lone Roe Deer strolls past the camera trap; just what we were expecting.