May is always a busy month for wildlife photographers, and this year was no exception!
The month got off to a bit of a slow start with some cold, wet, and windy weather, but it started improving from mid-May and just got better and better.
Breeding season is in full swing by mid-May with many of the residents already feeding young that are close to fledging, as was the case with the Tree Sparrows below...
The high amount of rain at the beginning of the month meant that water levels at many reserves were a bit high and most of the wader scrapes had little or no mud exposed to attract migrant waders. Longer-legged shorebirds like Avocets were, however, still present.
At least the high water levels meant the Gadwalls came close to the hides...
The wind was in the wrong direction on the afternoon I visited the Gannet colony at Bempton Cliffs. All the birds were flying nice and slow only when they were facing away from the sun, but zipping past at about 30-40mph when facing the sun. It made keeping them in frame a bit of a challenge!
Fulmars and Kittewakes are also common at the cliffs...
I also spent a large amount of time doing insect photography this month, and below is a very small selection from the 2000+ photos I took.
Cardinal Beetle (Pyrochroa serraticornis)
Longhorn moth (Nemophora degreerella)
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