Seeing Red

I’ve been so absorbed with my new trail cam for the last few weeks, I’d almost forgotten that we have other “normal” cameras! Having dug the Nikon out though to take photos of the moths (see previous post), I had a rummage round the garden to see what else was about. The two animals that caught my eye both happened to bring a burst of colour on an otherwise grey day.

One was my first ladybird of the year – a Seven Spot Ladybird to be precise. I disturbed it while weeding (yes I actually did a bit of weeding, more on that in another post soon). I had to enlist the help of hubby Chris to take these photos as he has mastered the macro lens, whereas I am still an auto mode kind of girl!

7 spot ladybird 2

7 spot ladybird 3

The seven spot ladybirds are apparently the most common ladybirds in Europe. Having said that, in the summer, we seem to get just as many of the invasive Harlequin Ladybird, so it was a delight that the seven spot that had made it through the winter. We returned him to the pile of weeds once his photo shoot was over, so hopefully he’ll make it through to the spring.

The second splash of colour in the garden was a pair of robins, chirruping away as they watched me fiddling with the moth trap. One in particular seemed disposed to pose for the camera, probably hoping I’d leave a few moths out as payment!

Robin

Robin 2

Robin on fence

It’s pouring with rain and blowing a gale here in Malvern today, but these cheery little characters bring hope that spring is on its way at last!

 

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