Neil Pont

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While in Covid-19 lockdown, I am updating this blog twice a week - on Tuesdays and Fridays...


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Birds - at last...

Posted on 19 May, 2020 at 8:30 Comments comments (200)

Last Friday, as the lockdown loosened, we went for a drive up the coast - just to look, not walk.  Many of the spots we had thought of were blocked off - but we stopped at Lynemouth Flash, to look over the wall. We saw birds we would expect - including our first hirundines of the year: sand martins, house martins and swallows. Later we saw a swift too.

Just over the wall, on the edge of the Flash, I spotted a wader.  I was pretty sure it was a sandpiper - and...

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The bad, the good and slightly interesting

Posted on 15 May, 2020 at 4:55 Comments comments (4)

More insects to day - but no buzzy, stingy things.

First, the bad...our roses are suffering - but these are all God's creatures...



I'm trying to convince myself that we have to 'live and let live' because the greenfly are a good feed for these...

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Sorting out the stripes

Posted on 12 May, 2020 at 5:10 Comments comments (4)

Many insects are yellow and black.  This gives off the message 'I can sting you!' Some do sting, some don't - but it may not be worth finding out...

I photographed this beastie last week in the garden.  It had me confused (not unusual...) but I could see it was not a wasp. [I'll show a picture of a common wasp later].  I also now realised, because of my 'learning from a book' (and from Charlotte at NHSN) that is probably a bee because of the long antenna...

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Bees for VE

Posted on 8 May, 2020 at 7:50 Comments comments (1)

As Manuel said in Fawlty Towers, "I learned it from a book"...

Queen bumblebees that are emerging this spring were mated last year and then hibernated. All other bees - males, old queens (!), workers - will die before winter comes. The first bumblebees to emerge in the UK are usually Buff-tailed Bumblebee, Tree Bumblebee and, not surprisingly, Early Bumblebee.

Having found a place to nest she creates her first brood cell - about the same size as her body. She ...

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Home schooling

Posted on 5 May, 2020 at 5:45 Comments comments (370)

I had planned to post various bugs and beastie pictures today - but, once again, have changed my mind.  Confinement to the garden has made me look more closley at the bees and there has been a steep curve of learning.  I am definitely being schooled at home.  So today I am starting to share some of that learning, using my own photographs as visual aids.

The bee of choice is the Common Carder, which loves to visit our flowering Rosemary.

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More Macro Magic

Posted on 1 May, 2020 at 5:30 Comments comments (1)

Well - o loyal fan - I promised macro bugs and beasts today.  But I've changed my mind...

Firstly, there will be no photographic mumbo jumbo following my admonishment on Tuesday's blog. I've got that out of my system - and whatever I said then still holds today (and does not bear repeating).

Secondly there was a very rare occurence last night for April 2020 - it rained! Ever the opportunist I ventured outdoors with my camera.  Here are some of the re...

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Macro Magic - take one...

Posted on 28 April, 2020 at 9:40 Comments comments (3)

Macro photography is a unique form of photography that involves photographing small objects to make them look life-sized or larger in the photo. The usual subjects include flowers and small insects, which we don’t normally get to see up close with the naked eye.

I now basically work with two bits of kit for photography.  I switched to Fuji Mirrorless (XH1) for my long range shots, with a 100-400 lens (sometimes with a 1.4 'converter' to reach even further) ...

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Poor social distancing

Posted on 27 April, 2020 at 2:30 Comments comments (0)

A little bonus blog - posted on Monday instead Tuesday - let's see what I can come up with tomorrow!

The trail camera picked up 3 hedgehogs for the first time recently.

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Wildlife gardening

Posted on 24 April, 2020 at 8:40 Comments comments (567)

There are plenty of websites where you can find out about how to attract wildlife to your garden - but I thought I might just show you what we are trying to do. Also, we need to realise just how important our gardens are in terms of the greenspace that they provide.

The UK National Ecosystem Assessment showed that 
just over half the land (54%) in our towns and cities is greenspace - parks, allotments, sports pitches and so on. Furthermore, d...

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With a Song in My Heart

Posted on 21 April, 2020 at 4:05 Comments comments (328)

I have to say that my favourite bird song is the Blackbird's mellifulous tone.  I suppose there are are two main reasons.  Firstly - I can hear it! Secondly, despite it being so recognisable, there is huge variety - and it is everywhere.  People go on about the nightingale - but what's the point 'oop North' - we never hear it.  And, actually not many people anywhere in the UK hear it either...

Here in locked own Forest Hall I see 3 Blackbirds every ...

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