Saturday 14 December 2019

Twelve photos

Well, we're nearing the end of 2019, so I thought I would have a bit of a review of my favourite wildlife photos for the year, cribbed from the blog and my Facebook page. There's twelve here, though not spread equally through the year, featuring birds, invertebrates and a wee bit of a mammal.

It is all a little self-indulgent, I will admit but, hey, I am not the sort of chap to hide in a fridge.

This year has had its highs and lows, its ups and downs, for many reasons, but wildlife always lifts my spirits.

Early Bumblebee (near Aberfeldy)

Spotted Flycatcher (near Aberfeldy)

Recently-emerged Emperor Moth (Deerness, Orkney)

White-tailed Bumblebee (Trumland Gardens, Rousay)

Bufftip Moth (Keltneyburn Nature Reserve)

Longhorn Beetle (Loch Fleet)

Brown Hare almost hidden in a wildflower meadow (Holm, Orkney)

Harvestman Spider (Tense Towers, Orkney)

Emerald Damselfly (Hoy, Orkney)

Common Blue Butterfly (Stromness, Orkney)

Swallow (Tense Towers, Orkney)

Whooper Swans (Vasa Loch, Shapinsay)


Coastal Ripples said...

A lovely selection. I think the emperor moth is my favourite :) B

Imperfect and Tense said...

Thank you, Barbara. The moth was a lucky find, she had emerged right by a footpath across Mull Head. I didn't do so well with butterflies this year, although one particular afternoon I saw seven species in a couple of hours. I don't think I have ever managed that in Orkney before. Stupidly of me, I didn't realise the significance of the moment until about five species in, so I hadn't been taking photographs 🙄

Martin said...

The moth is stunning (and looks like a fish to me, mouth bottom left).
The Emerald Damsel' reminds me of those sprung toys where the woodpecker (or man), bounces down the pole pecking at each bounce. Maybe my mind is on a different plane today...

Imperfect and Tense said...

I see your fish, Martin! And, yes, I do remember those toys too. Where would we be, if our imaginations couldn't take flight? Stuck in a departure lounge?