Birds, bees and an encounter with a rose bush

Strange weather today. It started bright, turned hot and muggy and then clouded over and was quite cool by evening. I mowed the lawn during the 'hot and muggy' phase (and managed a few photos as well).

First the bees, which were enjoying the warm weather. The first shot is fairly standard fare, but the second is the first time I've seen a leaf-cutter with some leaf. It landed briefly by the side of the pond, before taking to the air carrying its load with it.

As for the birds, there was good variety of the usual (gulls, crows, magpies), and a couple of more interesting sightings.

Buzzard overhead

Starling catching food on the wing


Pigeon bemused by the flash!

Really bemused!

The red damsels were flitting about as well, and I had fleeting sightings of tits and sparrows as they dived into the thick canopy of the beech trees. There are young in there somewhere. I can hear, but I can't see them.

The old dog fox was back this evening. On his own for a change, which may account for some of his odd behaviour. I'm not sure what caused him to do it, but he decided to crawl under our very dense, very large ground-cover rose bush. Its thorns are dense and sharp as razors. No wonder they pick up injuries!

Er… maybe not such a great idea…

Camera note: all shots (bar the fox) taken with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS. The fox was photographed with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.

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  1. zetorres June 1, 2008 at 2:06 am #

    One more great day for wild life in England…and… yes the weather…:

    Thanks to show me this amazing photos! 😉

  2. FrogBoots June 1, 2008 at 3:06 am #

    Wonderful photos! 🙂 Perhaps the old dog fox thought that would be a good place for a nap, where nothing else would dare venture to disturb him!

  3. gdare June 1, 2008 at 6:06 am #

    😆 @ pigeon

  4. Words June 1, 2008 at 9:06 am #

    ZT, thanks. The weather is close to our hearts in England!

  5. Words June 1, 2008 at 9:06 am #

    FB, it ws bizarre watching him work his way through. I guess he realized he couldn't turn round, so kept going. Thick fur provides some protection, but as far as I know he's never tried this before.

  6. Words June 1, 2008 at 9:06 am #

    Darko, I'd taken one shot of the pigeon posing normally. It saw the flash and started to to lean to one side to see what it was. I took another shot and it kept leaning further. And so on… One more shot and it would have fallen over!

  7. gdare June 1, 2008 at 11:06 am #


  8. cakkleberrylane June 1, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    Beautiful pictures. The first one is a classic! So funny to see the fox hiding like that!

  9. SittingFox June 1, 2008 at 3:06 pm #

    Great to see the buzzard again :up: I love the picture of the starling and the insect, but the dogfox 😆 Good grief, they really don't help themselves, do they? Great shots!

  10. Vulpes vulpes June 1, 2008 at 6:06 pm #

    😆 @ pigeon and old dog fox!!!

  11. gdare June 2, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    Maybe you should delete mine too, it makes a confusion now 😛

  12. Words June 2, 2008 at 9:06 pm #

    All done… but I've left the last one in because a bit of confusion is fine :jester:

  13. gdare June 2, 2008 at 9:06 pm #


  14. FrogBoots June 3, 2008 at 3:06 am #