Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Story of the Blues

Blue butterflies and blue damselflies and a host of other colourful species all taken on Wednesday this week.

I'm tempted to investigate a better lens for insect and plant photography but first I'll check if a previous camera I gave away is being used or sitting in a drawer. Although it was a bridge camera it had a useful macro function which also had a 3 times zoom, it was also light enough that it didn't shake around like the heavy prime used for these below. I know, use a tripod, some day I will and probably wish I always had!

Male Common Blue Butterfly seen on the still open Carnoustie Golf Links. Likely closure due to the Open will be July 2nd

Same Common Blue

Male Orange Tip Butterfly, at last one that would sit still for a few seconds

Same Orange Tip

A Small Copper Butterfly

Pretty sure this is a male Azure Damselfly, I needed a different lens and a steadier hand, holding the prime lens still isn't easy. Look them up, it's identified by the small mark at the top of the thorax, a cup shaped one here

Male Common Blue Damselfly

This one might be an Azure female, better photo and more investigation required

Perhaps a Blue-tailed Damselfly female?

Swift flying over the Buddon Course

Moved on. This Fulmar was at Red Head where I also saw Ravens, Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Cormorants and Shags

Skylark trying to move me quickly on as I got too close while walking along the track, I obliged

Back home and using the wireless remote again at Olive's request for Goldfinches, this stunning Greenfinch stole the show

I'm reasonably sure that a pair of Goldfinches are nesting in my front garden but I'm not trying to confirm that until they've fledged any possible young

The House Sparrows are growing up quickly, this one looks more adult like except for the remains of it's gape. One morning around 40, adults and juveniles, along with some Starlings were sunning themselves in one giant cotoneaster in Olive's garden

I'd put out some remaining fat balls from winter and the Starlings have been eating four or five on the days when they bring in new youngsters

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