Copper coloured post

The title refers to the colour, and is an easy way in to posting some more pictures of kestrels, taken late this afternoon. Here's a couple but there are several more added at the end of my Kestrel album. The kestrel in these shots is a male (tell-tale sign is the blue/grey head)

Kestrel swooping over grassland

Kestrel at rest

Of course, kestrels aren't alone in meeting today's colour theme. The garden has sprouted a mass of glistening inkcaps. These tend to appear in the front corner of one of the beds. They sprout for a day or so, then rapidly disintegrate into a sludge! But they're nice while they last.

Glistening Inkcaps

The final shot tonight is the inspiration for the title of the entry. It's a copper underwing moth, which I photographed while clearing apples this evening in a vain attempt to reduce the numbers of wasps that cover them during the day.

Copper Underwing moth

Camera note: Kestrel photographed with the 40D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. The inkcaps were photographed with the same camera and the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. I used the 400D with the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG macro and ring-flash for the moth.

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  1. gdare August 28, 2008 at 5:08 am #

    I like kestrel resting photo but the last one is really something :up:

  2. Words August 28, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    Darko, yes I like that last shot too. It was very intent on taking sugar from the apple so I was able to get much closer than I expected.

  3. cakkleberrylane August 28, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    All of them are amazing photos, but that's what we have come to expect from you! 😆 The kestrel is fantastic!

  4. zetorres August 28, 2008 at 3:08 pm #

    Fantastic serie of photos! :up:

  5. Words August 29, 2008 at 12:08 am #

    ZT, thanks :up:

  6. Words August 29, 2008 at 12:08 am #

    Lois, thanks! It's a struggle photographing anything in the day at the moment but I was happy to get the kestrel.

  7. SittingFox August 29, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    The kestrel at rest is great, and the copper underwing is superb! I don't think that I've ever seen that species.

  8. Words August 29, 2008 at 9:08 pm #

    Adele, thanks. The moth may turn out to be a Svensson's Copper Underwing (but I didn't get the underwing so I may never know for sure).

  9. UrbanExtension August 31, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    Looks like Autumn is coming. The creatures are already changing colour, before the leaves!

  10. Words August 31, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    Jane, I wouldn't mind autumn, but I'm still waiting for summer 😉