Wednesday, July 11, 2018

11/07/2018 Trying to catch up......

Maximum temperature today 26C, minimum 15C.   Dry; 12 km/h North Easterly winds with up to 31 km/h gusts.  Dry.

Photos from our week away other than the Little Owl (Athene noctua).  I was sitting at the computer last night when I heard a suspicious noise, I even had time to change the lens on my camera before I went outside. The light was not great as the sun was setting behind the owl, but it made my week for me. 😃😉😊
Little Owl (Athene noctua)...

as above.

I have tried my best with the identification of the following, if I am wrong please let me know. 
Azure damselfly (Coenagrion puella).

Water striders and azur damselfly.

Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) damselfly.

Flower longhorn beetle (Stictoleptura cordigera).  Is that a dragonfly up in the corner?

Dragonfly - Large Pincertail - (Onychogomphus uncatus)....

As above.

Marbled White Butterfly (Melanargia galathea).

I think this is a Mayfly, but that is far as I can get with the identification here!

An orb web spider maybe!



N.B. My bird blog is updated  HERE 

Part 16 of the birds seen in Africa.

24 comments:

  1. Wow! That is one beautiful owl! Your took great pictures of the dragonflies, and other insects as well!

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I was so excited about the owl :-) Thanks for the comment, have a good day Diane

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  2. I love the detail of the insects you capture Diane. They are amazing creatures! Awesome photos. What a treat to capture the owl!

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    1. I tooke many insect photos while away although I did catch up withsome of historic France. I just loved that owl. Take care Diane

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  3. Wow, great photo's, Diane. I don't have a clue as to what you're trying to find. And, in actuality you know SO much more than I do about nature.

    xoxo

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    1. I don't know a lot about insects but I try. There are just so many different ones and some with only slight variations!! Hope your daughter is doing well. Diane

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  4. That Little Owl would make anyone's week...month even.

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    1. I cannot believe that I have been listening to them for the past 12 years and I have never manage a photo of them. Then the distant shot earlier this year and now on our chimney. Bonne journée, Diane

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  5. As always these are wonderful pictures. The owls are are striking.

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    1. Thanks Emma, the owl made me a very happy person :-) Take care Diane

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    1. Thanks Pam, I hope all is well with you, Diane

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  7. Oh my, that owl would make my week for me too, probably my whole year. Lovely photos of the other flutter things Diane, all so beautiful. I love the detail you capture in each and every insect photo.

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    1. Denise you cannot believe how happy that shot of the owl made me, I was bubbling when I came back in to the house. Thnaks for the kind comment, Diane

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  8. Hi Diane. The Little Owl would have made my week - month - year, even! I haven't had a close encounter with a Little Owl for a long while, and I'm sure you can imagine how disappointing for me that is!

    I love your insect images too - especially those of the dragons. I think your dragonfly might be a Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus) by the markings on the thorax, and the strong blue eye colour - I wish we had that species here!

    With my very best wishes - Take good care - - - Richard

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    1. Thanks Richard for the identification. I do not have this dragonfly in my book and I struggled to find anything on the internet. I thought it odd that it was called small, as it was quite big!! My brain did go as far as the thinking there might be a Large Pincertail which I had not found on any sites where I looked!!!

      Oh that Little Owl just made me so excited, I was bubbling afterwards. I have waited 12 years to get that shot and despite the light I was pretty happy with it.

      Thanks so much, have a good week and take care Diane

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  9. I think that owl was just waiting to pose for you!

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    1. It has waited a long time!!! I have been hearing them for the past 12 years but have never managed a photo!! Cheers Diane

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  10. Gorgeous, pictures, Diane! I love owls, we had one in the tree in our front yard for a while, he always made his presence known. Love your photos!

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    1. Thanks Pam and good to hear from you even though you are not doing your own blog anymore. I hear these around all the time but they have never posed for me before, they are generally too far away or hidden in a tree! Keep well Diane

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  11. Exquisite macros Diane. I would have been thrilled to capture the owl also, they really are the most amazing looking birds, I love the lighting in both the shots. How is the painting coming on.. and the cough, still there?

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    1. I was so delighted about that shot of the owl, I had almost given up the idea that I would ever get a photo :-)
      I still have the hall to finish and Nigel the window frames with varnish. It is slow! The cough I thought had gone, but no, it is still returning some nights when I am in bed. It is better though. Eight months now from when it started in December!! How are you doing? Take care Diane

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  12. You went away for a week and only took bug shots? ;) They are great but even better is the owl.

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    1. Ha ha, mostly, we were staying mext to a couple of dams so lots of bug activity. Also took photos of historic towns but with 700 odd photos to go through....... Take care Diane

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