Still Gloomy

The weather is conspiring to make things difficult at the moment. Even in the middle of the day there's a deep gloom around, punctuated by light (and occasionally heavy) rain. Still, I got a rare sighting (for me) of some lapwings. They were some distance away and the shot is terrible, but one purpose of the blog is to keep a record of sightings, so here it is.

I also grabbed a few fairly dismal shots of little grebes and a lone little egret. This shot managed to get both species in one frame.

For the rest, it's back to the garden pond, and another photo of a frog. If you look closely there are several damselfly nymphs in the frame as well.

And another damselfly nymph in this shot of a newt.

I was going to add a nymph on its own, but I've posted numerous similar shots recently, so instead I'll close with something from the trailcam.

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Camera note: all daytime shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens. Pond life photographed with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens. Fox with the Bushnell Trophy Cam.

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  1. SittingFox November 9, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Lapwings have such distinctive wings. Glad your trailcam is still catching the foxes.

  2. Words November 10, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    Adele, I could barely identify the lapwings until I looked through the camera. Hopefully I'll get a better sighting next time I'm over that way. The foxes are keeping the trailcam busy. I'm averaging about 15-20 fox triggerings (?) a night at the moment.

  3. ICU109 November 11, 2011 at 6:11 am #

    OOOO, that lil egret!!! what an artistic shot!!! you be a genius with the lens! and that little frog, or toad, that couldn't be better! thank you for such eye candy even if on a gloomy day!!! and what the heck is a nymph!? is it underwater? can't really tell though it looks so.

  4. Words November 12, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Kathy, the 'nymphs' are damselfly larvae. And yes they are all underwater. There are some shots here. They turn into the most beautifully elegant insects when they emerge.

  5. ICU109 November 16, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    cool, heading over there now.