Monday, December 19, 2005

Winter Moth

There are not many insects around at this time of year, especially with temperature keeping fairly low at the moment. Winter Moth is one of a few exceptions. The females are virtually wingless but males fly around on milder evenings in mid-winter. This one was attracted to the kitchen lights.

Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata)

Nikon Coolpix 995

Friday, December 09, 2005

Barney the Cool Goose

An escaped goose?! There are a few individuals that hang around with the Greylags and Canada Geese. This one is regularly on Heron Meadow at Ferry Meadows CP with Canada Geese. Where they come from originally is anyone's guess but the large feral populations in Bedfordshire and Norfolk/Suffolk is now deemed self-sustaining and may well account for some of our birds.

Barnacle Goose (Branta leucopsis)

Digiscoped with Nikon Coolpix 995 and Leica APO77 with 20x eyepiece