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Holly berries

My Flora and Fauna Friday post this week is Holly (Ilex aquifolium) berries.

Technically they’re a fruit rather than a berry. They are a popular winter food source for a variety of birds as well as being a traditional Christmas decoration.

These berries were photographed on a mature female tree in a garden in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England.

Flora and Fauna Friday: Holly
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Redwing

My Saturday Bird this week is the Redwing (Turdus iliacus), a member of the thrush family. It’s not related to the Red-winged Blackbird native to North America.

The Redwing is native to Europe and the Palearctic and is a winter visitor to the U.K. although a few birds stay to breed in the summer. This individual is eating a Holly berry in a garden in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Change Your Perspective
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Month of Squares

Eye Level with a Redwing

This is my day 28 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective and another of my eye level perspective photos.

This one is a little different than a lot of my eye level perspective series for July Squares. Rather than lying down, sometimes in something nasty, I am standing in a bedroom taking photographs out of the bedroom window.

This is a Redwing, a member of the Thrush family and a native of Europe and the Palearctic feeding on a Holly berry in a Hatherton, Cheshire garden in the winter.

 

July Squares: Eye Level with a Redwing

 

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July Squares: Holly Blue Butterfly

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge, day 30 of the 31 days of July.

With only two days left I decided to ignore the various blue birds, flowers and landscapes to go with another blue insect.

This is a Holly Blue Butterfly photographed on Holly in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

July Squares: Holly Blue Butterfly.

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Throwback Thursday

Redwing eating a Holly berry

Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the mid 1980s.

The Redwing (Turdus iliacus) is a member of the Thrush family. They are winter visitors to Britain arriving in the autumn after breeding in northern regions of Europe and Asia. Wintering birds sometimes form loose flocks numbering up to 200 birds but I seem to remember this being a solitary bird. It’s feeding on a berry of a Holly (Ilex aquifolium) tree.

The photo was taken from a bedroom window so I was slightly higher than the bird but not enough for the angle to look odd. It was used in a field guide to garden wildlife and it was taken in a garden unlike some of my other photos used in the book.

A Redwing in a Holly tree.