Welcome to my website.  I hope that you enjoy seeing this selection of my Natural History pictures. I will add some new pictures from time to time, so please keep an eye on my Website.

 

 

 

 

 

To see more of my latest pictures go to the Latest Images page.  

 

Above is a shot of a Grass Snake flicking its tongue, picture taken in late June. Below another shot of the same snake.

 

 

Above high cirrus cloud above a local nature reserve during August. 

 

 

Below a very small Pseudoscorpion from some dead leaf compost heap. The below insect has a body about 2 mm long, and soon after taking this picture it vanished down the Wood-worm hole shown just above the creature!

 

Below a Pantaloon Bee opening up its burrow. These bees have only been recorded in Bedfordshire for a few years but are now common around Sandy.


 

The above Comma butterfly egg was laid on a Hop leaf. It is about 1 mm across.

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My stock of the rare Ringlet ab. lanceolata again produced several exceptional specimens. I have kept this stock going now for 20 years. The picture below it is a typical female Ringlet.

 

 

The below Bee-wolf Wasp was photographed as I took a Honey bee prey back to its burrow.

 

I brought out the pheromones for the Six-belted Clearwing moths and, sure enough they soon arrived. Below is one caught in flight using high speed flash.

 

Above a Grass snake and reflection and below it raising up.


 Below the mining Bee Andrea nabucephala sunning its self  on a stone.

 

Below a fresh Purple Emperor in Chicksands Wood, Beds. June 2017.

 

Above Comma butterflies on dog poo in Chicksands Wood, Beds.

Below an American Signal Crayfish which is causing major problems in our British rivers. 

 

 

 Above one of the frogs in my garden pond.

Below a close-up of the top flower of a Green-winged Orchid. 

 

Whilst in a local wood 2 Crab spider with prey were seen on Common Spotted Orchids. Below is one of them with a Bumblebee prey.

 

 A Broad-bodied Chaser Dragonfly has taken up residence in my garden near to my pond. This shot is of it on a dead Raspberry cane.

 

 A boat trip on the Norfolk Broads provided me with several nice Great Crested Grebe pictures.

 

 

Below Marsh Marigolds in my garden pond last week. 


Above Wild Daffodils in a local wood in mid March. 

 

Above the River Hiz near Arlesey, Beds using a fast shutter speed.

Below the same river using a very slow shutter speed. 

 

January is the month when hazel catkins shed their pollen, so I decided to try my had at photographing the pollen being shed.

 

 

 One of the more attractive blood-sucking insects is the Twin-lobed Deerfly Chrysops relictus. This one settled on me while I was photographing Dragonflies back in early September. I boxed it up and brought it back home to photograph it.

 

Nice autumn colours on some Ash trees. These are on the Pegsdon Hills NR, Beds. 

 

Below Ash-dieback disease is effecting some young trees.

 

 

Below the Weevil Polydrusus formosus was common in mid summer on Alder leaves.

 

 

Autumn colours are showing but not in all trees. A shot of a nice Ash tree below.

 

 Below a shot taken in 2003 of Horse-chestnut leaves in full autumn colour.

 

 

Above Horse-chestnut leaves 2016. Below the Micro moth responsible for the above leaf damage.

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Anyone want to purchase a copy of the 'Wild Orchids of Bedfordshire' book should get a copy soon, as stocks are getting low. A copy can be ordered online from the Bedfordshire Natural History Society's Website @ £23.75 including carriage. A book review by Peter Marren from British Wildlife Magazine is below.

 

 

 

 

 

Above the Ivy Bee Colletes hederae is now on the Ivy flower in my garden. 

 

Above a Corn Bunting, now a scarce farmland bird that was frequently seen in my youth. 

     

Above the larva of the Miden's Blush moth was found on an Oak branch Sept.2016.


Bedfordshire's local colony of the Bee-wolf Wasp is flourishing. This wasp is taking a Honey Bee back to its burrow as food for its larva. 

 

At the same site there is also a colony of the Pantaloon Bees Dasypoda hirtpes, a very local species of Bee, the picture below captures one making its burrow.

 

 

 

 

Above a shot of the typical and Valazina forms of the female Silver-washed Fritillary in Gamlingay Wood NR a few days ago. 

Below a fine display of Pyramidal Orchids on the verge of the A6 Barton le Clay bypass. 

 

In the last few years the Scarlet Tiger moth has become well established in several places in Bedfordshire, which are now just starting to hatch.

 

  


Above Rannoch Moor. March 2016. 

 

Above and below Glen Brittle, Sky, March 2016. 

 

Above trees on island on Loch Leven at dusk.

A Red Squirrel jumping in the snow, Aviemore.

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Above the Hoverfly Volucella zonaria and the Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris were both found in my garden recently. Below a Adonis Ladybird and a Fire Bug, both insects found in Bedfordshire. 

   

      

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In late June I spent a week photographing the wildlife and views of the Swiss Alps. To see a range of the pictures that I took open my Swiss Alps page of my Website.

      

     

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A new section of my pictures taken on Gower, Wales, has now been added to my Website. Below are couple of pictures, click GOWER to see more

  

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I have now added a Game Birds section to my BIRDS listing. So to see a selection of these birds make a couple of clicks.

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To see more Brown Hare pictures go to Mammals and click on Hares.

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To see more high speed flash shots of moths go to the Insect section and select Moths.

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I have just edited the Amphibian and Reptile section. Do a click to see more.

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If you wish to comment on my pictures please do so in the GUEST BOOK section of the Website. If you wish to contact me please phone: 01767 313065.