June 2008

Part 1: Birds & Flowers

I've split this month's photos into two parts. A selection of some of the most interesting photos of birds and flowers are shown below. Part 2 contains the insect photos.

Juvenile Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) - Gwynedd, Wales

For the birds, June is a time for rearing young and numerous family parties of recently fledged birds can be observed clumsily trying to follow their parents while constantly begging to be fed.

Juvenile Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) - Anglesey, Wales

This young Blackbird had a lucky escape. It was sitting, stunned in the middle of the road when I found it and had probably been hit a glancing blow by a passing car. It didn't have any obvious physical damage, so I moved it off the road and onto a stone wall, where it seemed quite happy to sit while it recovered for a minute or so, then flew strongly into some nearby woods.

Juvenile Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) - Anglesey, Wales

Juvenile Eurasian Blackbird (Turdus merula) - Anglesey, Wales

Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)
Gwynedd, Wales

Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
Anglesey, Wales

Burnet Rose (Rosa pimpinellifolia) & underside of Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas)- Anglesey, Wales

Some people have commented to me that they like the way I arranged the rose and the fern on the above photo. There is, however, nothing contrived or artificial about this composition. As with all my photos, this was how I found it. Other than moving a distracting blade of grass temporarily out of the way, the composition is completely natural.

Sheepsbit (Jasione montana)
Anglesey, Wales

Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulnereria)
Anglesey, Wales

Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris) - Anglesey, Wales

English Stonecrop (Sedum anglicum) - Anglesey, Wales

May 2008 2008 Diary Index June 2008 (pt.2)