In chronological order I have quite a variety of pictures today. First thing this morning I went back the fields and scattered woodland where I had seen Treecreeper yesterday. I was sure that I could get some better photographs.... unfortunately, it didn't work out that way.....but as I walked in to the meadow, there in front of me was a Roe Deer. We all know that Roe Deer are much more common in the UK than they used to be but I am always very pleased to see one. Like someone commented to me the other day, "do you realise that you are like hunter, and you have the same skills"? Well its never that easy to get close to a Roe Deer, no matter how common they are. They are incredibly wary and easily disturbed. Roe Deer are native to the UK by the way. Interestingly they have a 9 month pregnancy! They mate in August and September and the fawns are born around about now. However, they have a strategy where the young feotus does not start to develop in the womb until late December. If you look closely at the picture, you can possibly see a swollen belly?
My next picture is of a Bee Fly, at this time of the year I see them in my garden, a very interesting insects which looks a bit scary but is a harmless insect, well harmless to humans but they are a parasitic insect that uses a the nest of a mining bee as a host.
We have seen this species on my Blog several times over the last few days, it's a Chiffchaff of course and I photographed it on Exminster Marsh where I wen to to try out my new latest gadget which is an eye piece that when attached to your photographic lens, turns it in to a state of the art spotting scope. It is made by Kenko, click on the link to see a video about it.
While I was there on the marsh I saw a Hobby, apparently there had been at least 6 today. I didn't get a decent enough photo but almost. I did see and photograph another couple of Shellduck.
All in all a very pleasant day spent looking for wildlife, rounded off by the evening spent conducting Lympstone South West Teecoms Brass Band