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) 6d
  •   shezasphotos So adorable ! I got such a shock Dave when I saw you on @catz49 feed . It brought me here straight away. You know you were missed greatly and hope all is well with you . Are you here to stay for a while ? Love to hear from you if you have the time 4d
  •   shezasphotos I almost fell off my perch seeing your name 4d
  •   max_everett nice 3d
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  •   upekkha @max_everett thanks a lot! 1d
  •   upekkha @shezasphotos thanks Sheza . It's my intention to start posting again regularly but as you can see this was 5 days ago and still no follow up post?!! Funny thing is I've got tons of photos ready to go. All good here thanks..how's you? 1d
  •   shezasphotos Dave life is at a peak for me now - might send you a selfie - I've lost 23kg and feel like a new person. Like you I have loads of photos ready for posting but when I tried to post 2 shots a week I felt really pressured . I'm like you in that I like to visit others galleries and return the love. Can't stand it all being one sided and will unfollow someone if that's how it's turning out - will send you my selfie of you can bear it 1d
  •   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 1d

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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 6mon

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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?!! 7mon

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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! 7mon
  •   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 7mon
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  •   upekkha @p_g_ritzen thanks very much! 7mon
  •   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?! 7mon
  •   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 7mon
  •   lizs_b Gorgeous Dave! 7mon
  •   upekkha @lizs_b thanks a lot Liz! 7mon
  •   lorashank I hope you're doing well, Dave 1mon

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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! 7mon

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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
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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 1y
  •   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! 1y
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  •   lizs_b This is lovely Dave!! 1y
  •   kpunkka Beautiful shot Dave! ️ Great to see you back 1y
  •   debbytweed Another beauty Dave How are you? 1y
  •   pixie1092 Beautiful Dave 1y
  •   emiliefm Beautiful 11mon
  •   p_g_ritzen Wonderful pic, miss you 11mon

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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 1y
  •   upekkha @fi_austin hello there, it's great that you're posting again I reckon...IG wouldn't be the same without you . I'm trying to put aside some time to get on here, got heaps of photos backed up?!! 1y
  •   robynwhaley It was nice and sunny weren't it. I wish you were only the first person who called me that. 1y
  •   upekkha @robynwhaley you sound like you're not happy with that comparison? I was paying you a massive compliment!! 1y
  •   robynwhaley You have a strange grasp of compliments 1y
  •   lizs_b Gorgeous shot, Dave. 1y
  •   upekkha @robynwhaley haha! I haven't really explained myself properly have I?!...I think she is really attractive 1y
  •   pixie1092 Very gorgeous Dave, love the composition 1y
  •   pixie1092 Welcome back Dave ! Have a wonderful week 1y

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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.
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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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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... 2y
  •   upekkha @free_spirit64 thanks a lot Tami! oh I know it's pretty (as in the flower) I'm just being silly 2y
  •   upekkha @high_altitude_ thanks a lot! 2y
  •   upekkha @iheartserenity thanks very much! 2y
  •   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 2y
  •   upekkha @instaworld_love thanks for you lovely words Shan! I really appreciate them 2y
  •   upekkha @lizs_b thanks very much Liz! Always a pleasure to read your comments!! 2y
  •   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?!! 2y
  •   2wheelsgood4u Lovely 2y

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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!!
2y

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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
2y

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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
2y
  •   upekkha @debbytweed thanks so much Debby, sorry for the delayed response!! 2y
  •   upekkha @aobbbb @jerripics thanks a lot! Sorry for the late response!! 2y
  •   upekkha @camera_natura thanks a lot! Sorry for the delayed response! 2y
  •   roduncal_ud Congrats on the features, but I'm so impressed with this bee orchid, so special to see this 2y
  •   babybookshark So Beautiful! It must be quite small Dave? Gorgeous little orchid 2y
  •   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!! 2y
  •   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. 2y
  •   cowpi32 They were terrible here this year- too much competition with the long lush grass- tallest bee orchids I have seen! Lovely photo 2y

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