I've been trying to think of something post about, something consistent with my previous wildlife encounter posts. This has sadly drawn a blank, not because i've had nothing to say, more that i've had no thoughts on what and how to say it..
Well just before dark tonight, an experience i've yet to have, well happened. An encounter with a mammal i've not even seen, let alone been so close too.
I'm fortunate to have a reservoir right next to my abode and as i walked by it, i spotted a sleek dark critter, resting near to the water. I grabbed my camera and proceeded to approach it, blindside, using cover and wind to aid me. Once close enough, i then had to get into a position to get a clear photo of it. Butt wiggling across a metal gangway it came onto sight, but long dead grass, cluttered the shot, i burst off a few shots, just to get something. The clicking of the camera and my ass dragging alerted the animal, Luckily it stayed put, so i shimmied further and grabbed some more.
It then entered the water and swam from sight, so i stood up and walked a little closer to the water. It suddenly reappeared and climbed up on the inlet wall, a safety railing gave me something to rest on and for a moment, we played peek-a-boo, either side of the railing. It then walked towards me and at 1.9m, it stopped and looked at me, but from behind grass. With a plop it entered the water, then returned to a clump of grass, where peek-a-boo resumed for a minute. It then went off to chase a little grebe and coots, my little encounter over. 8 mins of Wow with a Mink. Shame bout the low light which made getting a non grainy keeper difficult, but shouldn't grumble...
Ok, so that was special, but just 3 days ago i saw another Mustelid and once again, i grabbed the camera and made my move to get a photo or two.
Now, i'm not sure of why, but the Stoat i'd found, also took an interest in me. By the time it reached the fence, it was a little too close for the lense and when it came to me, placed a foot on mine and looked up at me before bounding playfully off. I was even more privileged.
Easier to get close to are insects, but not so much dragonflies, like this common darter.
As for meadow grasshoppers, once they stopped hopping, they can be moved to aid the image.
Of course, some prefer a more natural shot, so lets place it on some vegetation.
This was all just this month, last month i didn't get out with the camera much, when i did it was macro time.
A Harlequin lady bird emerging from it's pupa was a great find and seeem's remarkable that something comes from something totally different.
What is predicable is me trying to capture the very best of butterflies, like this Common blue.
And a first for me, Brown hairstreak.
Moths seemed to fill my evenings during July and this Burnished brass was one of several visual highlights.
As did Buff Arches.
Now here's something many of you will have met and here's me taking one, or two for the team. Just to show you those eyes. The amazing horse flies.
And one commonly known as a Clegg.
And finally Junes highlights were the successful fledging of a family of birds i'm very fond of. The dippers.
Here's a parents.
And one of 3 fledged young.
OK, some of you don't care to much for wildlife, so here's some pics of some Ass!