The patrons of the ‘bee hotel’ beside our house include a few female Blue-Banded Bees. This is one returning to her nest tunnel inside the hotel.
Only the females sleep in their nests, however, and I wondered where the males went. Eventually I found one place. The other side of our house is not much visited by me because it has no through-way, but one day at dusk I spotted this lily bract:
Here’s a slightly different take on the proverbial twelve days of Christmas, photographically speaking.
12 Pigeons Posing
There are actually more than 12 Topknot Pigeons in the photo. The birds look so small because they were 400m away.
I always enjoy watching swallows’ aerobatics, as they swoop, swerve and soar in pursuit of their next meal. What I hadn’t realised until I looked at some photos I had taken was that despite their agility, swallows are quite dumpy little birds, at least from certain angles.
Two more views.
Recently my wife and I went to a violin & piano concert featuring Vaughan Williams “Lark Ascending”. In his introduction to the piece, the violinist said he had researched the (British) Lark, and decided it was a “boring little bird”. A few days later, I saw something very similar to Vaughan Williams’ Lark strolling down a Waverton footpath. It wasn’t a Lark, though. It was an Australian Pipit (Anthus australis).