CFFC: Animals

This is my contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Animals.

After some thought I decided to go with a selection of animals covering a range of sizes, locations and decades.

A wet Racoon that wandered into the yard last summer.

Spiky wet Racoon.

 

A Red Deer stag with his harem at Lyme Park, Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

Red Deer stag and it's harem.

 

A Red Fox in a hay meadow in Cheshire, England in the 1990s.

Hunting Red Fox.

 

A Coyote watching the photographer. Taken in Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1990s.

A Coyote watches the photographer.

 

A young European Rabbit photographed at Brown Moss, Shropshire, England in the 1980s.

Rabbit.

July Squares: Silver-studded Blue Butterflies.

A contribution to Becky’s July Squares: Blue photo challenge.

Having only just realised how many birds there are with blue in their common English name it then occurred to me that there’s also a family of butterflies known as the Blues.

So here’s a pair of Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating on a grass seed head. Photographed on Prees Heath, Shropshire, England.

 

July Squares: Silver-studded Blue Butterflies.

Swimming in the Shallows.

Throwback Thursday travels back to the 1980s and a bird in its habitat. The photo was taken at Brown Moss, a nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest near Whitchurch, Shropshire, England.

This is a Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) in breeding plumage. An alternative name for the Little Grebe is Dabchick which seemed more commonly used when I was growing up. The bird is swimming in a shallow section of the large pool on the reserve.

Little Grebe or Dabchick.

Silver-studded Blue Butterflies.

A pair of Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating on a grass seed head. The species gets its name from the pale blue, reflective spots on the underside of the wings. The spots (or studs) can be seen on the female in this shot which is the lower butterfly.

Photographed on Prees Heath, Shropshire, England in the mid 1990s. The butterflies on Prees Heath are isolated, the nearest other colony being some distance away in North Wales. In fact this population is the only one found in central and northern England. The species is not found in Scotland.

Silver-studded Blue Butterflies mating.