We've had this monster in our bathroom for the last couple of nights. This evening Carrie had enough and I had to usher it out the door. Not before I took a few shots mind you. This is the Giant House Spider Tegenaria duellica (previously know as T. gigantea) and the leg span of the males can reach up to 75mm!
Friday, 29 August 2008
Insects never fail to amaze. This is a Rhododendron Leafhopper Graphocephala fennahi, apparently introduced to the UK from the US in the early 1900's. It's an amazing coloured beastie. The Lodge, 28th August 2008.
Yellowhammer, Broom, 29th August 2008. Crap light tonight, but the sheer brilliance of this males plumage upped the shutter speed enough (using spot metering) that I got a sharp image.
Buntings really are a wonderful bunch of birds, aren't they?
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Sunday, 24 August 2008
Remember my effort at digi-DSLR-scoping? Well, I found this one tonight amongst the masses of images I took that day. Very reasonable I reckon. More perseverence may be needed...
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Tree Frog, Blackwoods Camp, Goa, December 2007.
When we stayed at Blackwoods, there were lots of these wonderful frogs in our 'bathroom'. It wasn't so much a bathroom, more an open topped toilet/shower!
Anyway, very often you'd open the loo lid and get surprised by one of these things leaping out at you. Most of the time they'd hop out of the toilet, but sometimes, especially when you flush, they fall back in, doomed for the cesspit!
Well, that's what you would think happened, right? Wrong! As if by magic, the next time you'd go to the loo, they'd be back in exactly the same place. How they get back so quickly is a mystery, as that loo has a ferocious suck on it...
Oh and don't worry, this one wasn't photographed IN the loo, it was on the wall just beside it.
Saturday, 9 August 2008
Friday, 8 August 2008
Monday, 4 August 2008
White colour-ringed Black-headed Gull at Broom GP, 4th August. It's always interesting to find out where colour-ringed birds have come from. After the sucess of my green ringed Yellow-legged Gull, I've been looking for others. Unfortunately this is the first one since then I've been able to read!
EN54591 N 1 12/06/05
Cerney Wick, Gloucestershire
2C91 S 6 Sighted 04/08/08 Broom GP,
Bedfordshire (119 km, ENE, 3 yrs 53days)"
Posted by Steve Blain at 20:52