Saturday, 18 June 2011

PENSTHORPE

A good days photography with David Blake at Pensthorpe on workshop run by Mike Powels.


Little Owls
(Athene noctua)


This small owl was introduced to the UK in the 19th century. It can be seen in the daylight, usually perching on a tree branch, telegraph pole or rock. It will bob its head up and down when alarmed. In flight it has long, rounded wings, rapid wingbeats and flies with a slight undulation.

Found in England and Wales with a few in southern Scotland. It likes lowland farmland with hedges and copses, parkland and orchards. Most common in central, southern and south eastern England, and the Welsh borders.


The Harvest Mouse, Micromys minutus, is a small rodent native to Europe and Asia. It is typically found in fields of cereal crops such as wheat and oats, in reed beds and in other tall ground vegetation such as long grass and hedgerows. It has reddish-brown fur with white underparts and a naked, highly prehensile tail which it uses for climbing. It is the smallest European rodent: an adult may weigh as little as 4 grams (0.14 oz). It eats chiefly seeds and insects but also nectar and fruit. Breeding nests are spherical constructions carefully woven from grass and attached to stems well above the ground.


Elephant Hawk Moth
(Deilephila elpenor)
The species is found throughout Britain and Ireland. Its range extends across Europe, In most of their range, the adults are seen from May to July and the caterpillars from July to September, when they pupate.


Large and Small Elephant Hawk Moth.

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