Thursday, 24 July 2014


These are the remainder of the images from our visits to Rutland Water. One on duty and the second for Damsel and Dragon flies. The second was very warm so we were owling on the way out, stopped at the Egleton Centre, had a superb ice cream to cool us down, then had a very steady walk around and owling again likewise on our return. We finished up at Site 9 having a very late but well earned tea!

Little Owl Site No 9.
Juveniles sitting out enjoying the sun and posing nicely for the camera.

Little Egrets at Rutland Water, we had two return on a regular basis feeding on small fish in the pool in front of Waderscrape Hide. I managed a few images of them feeding but the water dropping from the beak was in focus but the bird was blurred, shows the speed they feed at. As a rule when we have seen them previously, it has been at a distance and they always seemed unwilling to get very close, a very nervous bird. For some of these shots I have had to close down from 500mm to 300mm on the lens.

Immature Common Blue Damsel Fly, Male, Rutland Water.

Blue Tailed Damsel Fly C-type, immature female, Rutland Water.

Four Spotted Chaser Dragon Fly, Rutland Water.

Ruddy Darter Dragon Fly, Rutland Water.

Southern Hawker Dargon Fly, Rutland Water.

Southern Hawker with passenger wing walking, Rutland Water.

Common Blue Damsel Fly with Micro Moth, Rutland Water.

Wooly Aphid, {Fairy Fly} in a friends Garden
Added this one in. Its so small and flies with its abdomen vertical.
When we first saw it we thought it was some fluff  floating on the breeze.

About Me;

Titus White:
Hi I am Richard Peglers friend Titus White, and those who follow Richards posts will understand the name and reason for it. I have been birding with Richard for 3 years and a volunteer at Rutland Water on the Osprey Project for 2 years. My early images were taken on a Nikon D80 with a 70 - 200mm lens. I updated the lens to a 70 - 300mm VR lens but still was not happy with the results. Eventually when Nikon announced the D7100 I decided to change so upgraded the camera and also invested in a Sigma 50 - 500mm lens.
I first met Richard through Arthur Costello as I was having the occasional visit from Little Owls on our land. We eventually found the Little Owls through another contact about 100 metres away. Photo's will follow on future posts.
I have recently upgraded my camera to full frame, this is a challenge I am at the moment enjoying trying to get the best out of the beast.
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