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
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  •   christian_lavery Cool! 3mon
  •   ig_americas @upekkha Great photo! 3mon
  •   andybattle Amazing :) 3mon
  •   free_spirit64 Well hello Dave!! Great to see your lovely photo 3mon
  •   robynwhaley It's a cutie 3mon
  •   underdogs_feathers Lovely capture !! 3mon
  •   cowpi32 Awesome snap as you put it!! Superb photo of a tricky ickle bird! 3mon
  •   shezasphotos OMG I can't believe you popped in without me knowing or did I just forget to like it . Miss you loads Dave and hope you're well. If ever you have time of live to hear from you 1mon

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5mon upekkha
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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 5mon
  •   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! 5mon
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  •   lizs_b This is lovely Dave!! 5mon
  •   kpunkka Beautiful shot Dave! ️ Great to see you back 5mon
  •   debbytweed Another beauty Dave How are you? 5mon
  •   pixie1092 Beautiful Dave 5mon
  •   emiliefm Beautiful 1mon
  •   p_g_ritzen Wonderful pic, miss you 4w

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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 5mon
  •   fi_austin Glad you're back too...Not too many backed up, tho I was out today trying out the new camera...glad I'm going on a course...too many bloomin' buttons!! 5mon
  •   robynwhaley It was nice and sunny weren't it. I wish you were only the first person who called me that. 5mon
  •   upekkha @robynwhaley you sound like you're not happy with that comparison? I was paying you a massive compliment!! 5mon
  •   robynwhaley You have a strange grasp of compliments 5mon
  •   lizs_b Gorgeous shot, Dave. 5mon
  •   upekkha @robynwhaley haha! I haven't really explained myself properly have I?!...I think she is really attractive 5mon
  •   pixie1092 Very gorgeous Dave, love the composition 5mon
  •   pixie1092 Welcome back Dave ! Have a wonderful week 5mon

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8mon upekkha
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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. 8mon
  •   nicckers This is beautiful! 8mon
  •   dimensi Great sky Dave 8mon
  •   dobermannp Beautiful! 8mon
  •   babybookshark Gorgeous Phoebe making her appearance for the day!! Beautiful Dave! Hope you've been keeping well my friend? 8mon
  •   shezasphotos Lovely - always miss your absences ! 8mon
  •   debbytweed Gorgeous Dave, I don't mind cold but I hate wet, so you did alright 8mon
  •   fi_austin Very very pretty, Dave! 5mon
  •   upekkha @fi_austin why thanks Fi, it's beautiful Scotland....all I had to do was turn up?!! 5mon

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9mon upekkha
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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
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  •   upekkha @catz49 thanks very much! 8mon
  •   upekkha @vanilla_graph Hi ya thanks a lot! 8mon
  •   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 8mon
  •   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 8mon
  •   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 8mon
  •   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 8mon
  •   lorashank Wow! That's stunning, Dave! The reflection is perfect! 8mon
  •   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 8mon

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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.
9mon
  •   babybookshark Hiya Dave!! This is Fantastic! That piercing stare of theirs sure is enough to make a person think twice?! Awesome capture my friend! Hope you are keeping well? 9mon
  •   karin_hollyblue Stunning gallery! ! 9mon
  •   agusm_spotlight excellent captured !! Please tag your best shot to #agusm_spotlight for chance to be featured !! 9mon
  •   vonylee Magnificent photo... 9mon
  •   hellooomonkey Great to see you're back Dave! Excellent shot 9mon
  •   sprater1 Great shot! 9mon
  •   rosedw50 Fantastic 7mon
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10mon upekkha
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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. 10mon

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11mon upekkha
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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. 11mon

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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!
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12mon upekkha
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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.
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12mon upekkha
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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
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12mon upekkha
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upekkha It's times like these that I wish I had a macro lens?!.....or remembered to take the olloclip out?!! A common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) for you. These beautiful orchids are so tiny & could easily be missed!! I took so many orchid shots whilst they were out but wasn't really happy with any of them ...oh, apart from the bee orchid pic I posted...anyway... 12mon
  •   upekkha @free_spirit64 thanks a lot Tami! oh I know it's pretty (as in the flower) I'm just being silly 12mon
  •   upekkha @high_altitude_ thanks a lot! 12mon
  •   upekkha @iheartserenity thanks very much! 12mon
  •   upekkha @shezasphotos Awwww thanks Sheza!! Really happy you liked it!! I'm loving the depth of colour & detail my new body (that's camera body ) gives me...recently acquired a new lens also, so am just finding my feet with it 12mon
  •   upekkha @instaworld_love thanks for you lovely words Shan! I really appreciate them 12mon
  •   upekkha @lizs_b thanks very much Liz! Always a pleasure to read your comments!! 12mon
  •   upekkha @babybookshark double thanks Shan! . They vary in size from 15-60cm in height but the flowers are tiny (each one roughly the size of your small finger nail I reckon, or thereabouts). I've recently got a new lens, so I forget about the olloclip?!! 12mon
  •   2wheelsgood4u Lovely 12mon

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12mon upekkha
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upekkha Ok, so it's another Red Kite (Milvus milvus) shot but I can't stop taking pics of them?!! This one couldn't be squeezed into the square though

Even though I see them every day, I still stop & watch them in awe...even when I should be driving!!
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12mon upekkha
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upekkha Was happy to get this Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) shot early one morning whilst away in Norfolk. It was feeding on a baby ducking, so was lucky enough to fire off a few shots...not so lucky for the duckling though.
These beautiful birds are now listed at amber conservation status in the UK and a species of conservation concern across Europe. If you're in the UK & do happen to spot one, be sure to visit www.kestrelcount.org and log your sighting, as it helps & only takes a minute of your time
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1y upekkha
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upekkha A single Bee orchid (Ophrys apifera) I found whilst out at a local nature reserve at the weekend.
I dedicate this to @mostdeserving & @ig_snapshots for featuring my blue butterfly shot recently. I feel this is a fitting tribute to these two amazing feeds!! Be sure to follow them both & tag all your relevant shots to #mostdeserving & #_igsnapshots
1y
  •   upekkha @debbytweed thanks so much Debby, sorry for the delayed response!! 12mon
  •   upekkha @aobbbb @jerripics thanks a lot! Sorry for the late response!! 12mon
  •   upekkha @camera_natura thanks a lot! Sorry for the delayed response! 12mon
  •   roduncal_ud Congrats on the features, but I'm so impressed with this bee orchid, so special to see this 12mon
  •   babybookshark So Beautiful! It must be quite small Dave? Gorgeous little orchid 12mon
  •   upekkha @roduncal_ud thanks very much Gill! I didn't even know they had them at this reserve, just happen to stumble across it...one lone Bee orchid, in amongst the grass & wildflowers was very happy, as have never seen one before!! 12mon
  •   upekkha @babybookshark thanks a lot Shan! It is gorgeous & yes it is quite small (grows up to 50cm) but a lot bigger than most of the other orchids here in the UK. 12mon
  •   cowpi32 They were terrible here this year- too much competition with the long lush grass- tallest bee orchids I have seen! Lovely photo 12mon

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upekkha I was going to call this photo piggy in the middle but a) unfortunately I had to crop out the other male on the right hand side, so that I could show a bit more detail of this beautiful Common blue (Polyommatus icarus) female and b) that would have been a silly idea?!! These butterflies were just roosting in the grass, waiting for some sunshine. I've never seen butterflies sit in one place for so long... 1y

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1y upekkha
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upekkha ....And with the warmer weather cometh the butterflies!
Was out looking for birds but got distracted, so it turned into a butterfly hunt. Found this Speckled wood (Pararge aegeria) catching some rays.
1y
  •   upekkha @nicksliced indeed, thanks mate...so many distractions, that's what makes it so interesting!! 1y
  •   robynwhaley Na ah, it's yo skillz 1y
  •   instaworld_love Beautiful! 🌍 1y
  •   upekkha @instaworld_love sorry for the late response thanks very much 1y
  •   lizs_b Wonderful! 1y
  •   aobbbb Beautiful 1y
  •   babybookshark It's a little beauty! Hiya! Hope you've been keeping well Dave? I'm seriously waayy behind on IG these days, seems to be my permanent state Looking forward to catching up with your Gorgeous shots though 12mon
  •   upekkha @babybookshark hi ya Yeah I'm doing great thanks...I know the feeling of being way behind, I'm ALWAYS behind, as I feel I have to look at ALL the shots I've missed of everyone I follow...as you can imagine, it's HEAPS of photos?!! Might have to change my approach!! How's things with you? 12mon

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1y upekkha
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upekkha Blanket of yellow Tulips taken in a small green space near the Embankment (London), whilst on a photo walk with @jessjones31 last month. The jury is still out for me on this one (so have been pondering on whether to post) .....hmmm I guess I'll let you decide. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!! 1y

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upekkha I was out wandering the grounds at work with my camera at lunch when I came across this Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) returning its bounty to its nest, in a crevice behind the bark of a tree. 1y

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1y upekkha
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upekkha A lot of fledgling activity in the garden this past week or so.....and most of the time when they turn up the camera isn't to hand?!!

Juvenile Blue tits, goldfinches & robins have all popped in but the fluffy starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) seem to hang out the most & they're the only ones I've managed to snap!! Here they are perched in the apple tree
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