upekkha Morning!
How's everyone doing?It's been a while and I've not been out with the camera for some time. Plenty of shots in the archives gathering dust though?! Here's a Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin) that didn't mind me approaching.
Have a great day!
1w

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upekkha This juvenile Nankeen night heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)...at least that's what I think it is?! Help me out please @lizs_b was one of the many birds I saw whilst out looking for snakes on my last trip to Oz.
Many thanks to the following feeds for featuring a few shots recently:

@your_best_birds
@arthropods_anonymous
@mafia_naturelover
@underdogs_nature
Have a great weekend everyone!
3mon

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3mon upekkha
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upekkha I was happy to get my first glimpse of the magnificent Adonis blue (Polyommatus bellargus) last summer. This vibrantly coloured butterfly has restricted distribution and can be distinguished from other blues by the black lines that cross the white wing edge. 3mon

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upekkha I'm lucky enough to have a few reserves and special places fairly close by that are a haven for butterflies...getting the shot is the tricky part. Here's a marbled white (Melanargia galathea) that came out alright 3mon

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upekkha Lots of fledgling activity in the garden at the moment, which has inspired me to post my first photo in an age. Here's a heavily cropped #cute little juvenile Stonechat (Saxicola rubicola) 4mon
  •   debbytweed So lovely to see you pop up on my feed Dave, which by the way I am hardly ever on these days I am hopeless at getting myself back onto IG, always have great intentions but life gets in the way This is a gorgeous shot and it's great to see you here. How are you Dave? I guess from your absence a bit like me, busy, busy. Sending you loads of warmth and good vibes, catch you again soon Davo 3mon
  •   lorashank It's great to see you back. 3mon
  •   cindyconlin_photography So very sweet! 3mon
  •   upekkha @lorashank thanks very much 3mon
  •   upekkha @cindys_pix_ud thanks a lot, shame it was so far away?!! 3mon
  •   cowpi32 You back ?! 3mon

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upekkha Here's another shot of my favourite bird of prey. I'm lucky to have the Red Kite (Milvus milvus) in abundance where I live. This wasn't my favourite of the set, but it was the only one that fitted into the square properly 10mon

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upekkha Another iPhone shot, here's Glastonbury Tor in all it's glory. Managed to get a photo or two without any people in it?!! 10mon

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upekkha Here's an iPhone shot from Dinton Pastures. It's a small collection of lakes loved equally by walkers, dog walkers and bird watchers. The square doesn't quite do it justice but hey ho...neither does the iPhone! 10mon
  •   shezasphotos I nearly fell over as I just saw your name and PP on my page !it's been so long - as always it's just brilliant to see you- trouble is we get so attached to you then you disappear again. So much has happened on our lives - yours and mine im sure ! Loved the selfie. Got to head for bed so talk soon i hope 10mon
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  •   upekkha @p_g_ritzen thanks very much! 10mon
  •   upekkha @shezasphotos hey Sheza! I know it's been so long...it's definitely not intentional. I've just been doing other things, then I feel guilty about not checking others feeds, which stops me posting my own photos?!..it's a vicious circle . Just looking at this photo...this was 2 weeks ago already?!! I hope you're happy Sheza, have a great day..what's left of it?! 10mon
  •   shezasphotos @upekkha Davo I'm the same and think it's our value system. I try to go out of my way to visit people's feeds. As it is i follow few and struggle often to do it. But I've slowed my posting to once a week. My principle is that you visit others if you want them to visit you. There are so many who are only after their own agenda. It wears thin after a while. Usually I cull them. Have had a really stressful day with my son planning his wedding. These days the pay so the parents have no say in the day 10mon
  •   lizs_b Gorgeous Dave! 10mon
  •   upekkha @lizs_b thanks a lot Liz! 10mon
  •   lorashank I hope you're doing well, Dave 5mon

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upekkha I explored Rodborough common in search of butterflies. I came away having had a relatively close encounter with this Skylark (Alauda arvensis). It looks like it's just chilling in the sunshine with it's eyes shut! 11mon

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upekkha Happy weekend everyone!!

Hope everyone is all good?! I saw my first Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus) the other week, in the parkland where I work! Snap, snap....gone
1y

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upekkha Hope everyone's weekend has started well . Another summer flashback for you with some green & red. The unmistakeable Peacock (Inachis io). I haven't had a chance to get round to checking out your feeds...please bear with me Many thanks to @arthropods_anonymous for featuring my small copper photo. Be sure follow them & tag all your relevant shots to #arthropodsanonymous 2y
  •   babybookshark That's a real little beauty Dave! Love the red and green! So nice to see you posting again too. I know what you mean though, life is just so busy Never enough hours in the day! 2y
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  •   lizs_b This is lovely Dave!! 2y
  •   kpunkka Beautiful shot Dave! ️ Great to see you back 2y
  •   debbytweed Another beauty Dave How are you? 2y
  •   pixie1092 Beautiful Dave 2y
  •   emiliefm Beautiful 1y
  •   p_g_ritzen Wonderful pic, miss you 1y

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upekkha Hello everyone . It's been a long time....I hope 2014 brings joy & happiness to you all!! I haven't been out with my camera for ages. Here's a Small copper (Lycaena phlaeas) from last summer. This one is for you Lee @bluemoon177 2y
  •   robynwhaley It was nice and sunny weren't it. I wish you were only the first person who called me that. 2y
  •   upekkha @robynwhaley you sound like you're not happy with that comparison? I was paying you a massive compliment!! 2y
  •   robynwhaley You have a strange grasp of compliments 2y
  •   lizs_b Gorgeous shot, Dave. 2y
  •   upekkha @robynwhaley haha! I haven't really explained myself properly have I?!...I think she is really attractive 2y
  •   pixie1092 Very gorgeous Dave, love the composition 2y
  •   pixie1092 Welcome back Dave ! Have a wonderful week 2y
  •   adil72_gooner Awesome 3mon

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upekkha Sunrise over Carrbridge. The weather wasn't that great for my trip to Scotland but it was mainly dry and threw up some nice colours on a couple of the mornings. 2y

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upekkha Visited @rspb_love_nature Loch Garten whilst up in Scotland recently. It was too late to see the Ospreys (who leave in late August I believe) but I've got to say its such a beautiful place...and as literally no one was about you could hear a pin drop...so serene!
Managed to see a couple of crested tits whilst there but the weather was pretty poor, so bad light made it tricky for shooting. The sun poked its head through for a few minutes though for this shot. Phew...sorry for the blurb
2y
  •   upekkha @catz49 thanks very much! 2y
  •   upekkha @vanilla_graph Hi ya thanks a lot! 2y
  •   debbytweed 😛 Well now that would be a bit of fun!! I won't do the obvious and ask any questions about other bits of clothing 2y
  •   upekkha @debbytweed well I'll satisfy your curiosity anyway...as the kilts are hired, underwear is mandatory which I'm kinda glad of, as it's going to be a bit chilly!! I'll try and get a good shot of me in the kilt and post it....only temporarily of course, bit like my current selfie 2y
  •   debbytweed Whew, what a relief to hear that Would love to see a shot of you in your kilt Dave. BTW love the latest IG profile pic 2y
  •   upekkha @debbytweed I'll make sure I get one for you then . There's a bigger version of my profile pic on my feed...for a short time anyway 2y
  •   lorashank Wow! That's stunning, Dave! The reflection is perfect! 2y
  •   shezasphotos ✿◕‿◕✿g̸r̸e̸a̸t̸ s̸h̸o̸t̸and almost fell over with surprise when I spotted a new profile pic! Am on gram pro! Lovely landscape and how you had a beautiful time 2y

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upekkha I had mixed feelings whilst visiting the birds at the falconry at Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh but I can't deny that it was a great photo opportunity!
This Harris Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) was a bit of a poser.
2y

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upekkha I had to rescue this little Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) as it'd flown into the lodge where I was staying & stunned itself by flying into a window. Luckily, it was ok & sat in my hand for a few minutes, whilst it recovered....a quick flutter of the wings & it was gone. 2y

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upekkha Well the butterflies have pretty much all but disappeared round these parts but I've got a few shots to keep me going!! Here's a common blue (Polyommatus icarus) adding a splash of colour to the green & yellow. 2y

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upekkha A square of colour for your Saturday! A small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) in amongst the lavender.
Was hard to crop this as it looked nice whichever way . Enjoy your weekend!
2y

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upekkha Morning/evening/afternoon everyone...yes it's another post from me and another dragonfly.
This one is a four spotted chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata) take in Snettisham, Norfolk. Was fascinated by how it meticulously patrols it's territory, flying repeated patterns back & forth across the water.
2y

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upekkha Not sure what species this is but I'm gonna have a guess that it's a Common darter dragonfly (Sympetrum striolatum). Please feel free to correct me

This was taken at Wicken Fen nature reserve, Cambridgeshire. Wicken Fen was the first reserve acquired by the National Trust in 1899. It's a beautiful place teeming with wildlife
2y

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