A few summers ago I spent a while watching and filming baby frogs in my mums pond in Plymouth. In the afternoon prehaps the hottest time of the day, I observed the frogs sitting on the pond lilly pads and preying on the Aphids wandering around. What I thought was amazing was the fact that they barely ever moved an inch and literally sat in wait for a completely unsuspecting Aphid to walk past and before you knew it the Frog had engulfed the Aphid in one! I thought this behaviour was pretty amazing so I set my camera up on a tripod to capture it. Amongst a misfit cast watch this baby frog devor an unsuspecting Aphid below :
Im trying to get more into filming now so watch this space for more videos coming this way and I do apologise for the amateur looking credits as I just wanted to practice my non-existant after effects skills!
Last month I was fortunate to come runner up in a local photography competition organised by Natural Devon to raise awareness of the importance of local pollinating insects. This is a very important subject at the moment as many Bee species in the UK are in decline and without these pollinators it will be much harder to pollinate crops such as Oilseed rape and Strawberries. However, not all pollinators are Bees and I decided to enter this picture of a Daggerfly (Empididae). I took the picture on the cliffs of Wembury and you can clearly see a couple of different varieties of pollen that it has picked up along its journey from flower to flower.
Thanks to Natural Devon Local Natural partnership, I am now in possesion of a large bag of wild flower seeds which was my runner up prize.
This bag contains 28 species of wild flowers and 12 species of wild grass which should encourage pollinators to return. When the weather is milder I shall plant the seeds and monitor the progress of the plants and the wildlife they attract and keep updating my Blog with the pictures of the new arrivals. Let’s see who turns up???
A few weeks ago I went on a family holiday to Ibiza. A wonderful island which suprised me in its beauty and diversity. Admist the pool, snorkelling in the clear seas, and helping myself to the all inclusive Cuba Libres I managed to make time to take a walk in the local gardens and surrounding countryside to look for subjects to photograph.
At first it was hard to spot any insects . I barely saw any bees (I know there are many) and apart form the constant humming of Cicadas in the trees which instantaneously turned off as you approached I was a little disappointed with what I found. I’m sure this is not a true reflection of the amazing wildlife on the island as I didnt have much time to look but here are a few of pictures of what I did find on closer inspection.
Although I did not spend much time with my camera I did see a lot more wildlife. Perhaps next time if I visit it would be nice to explore the national park forests inland. I thoroughly recommend visiting Ibiza it is beautiful not just the club life as seen on television.