Autumn camouflage  Sciurus carolinensis : squirrel, grey, tree, autumn
1 Autumn camouflage
The Vapourer - Orgyia antiqua : caterpillar, Vapourer Moth, larva
2 The Vapourer - Orgyia antiqua
Wild deer in Weald Country Park, Brentwood, Essex. : deer, park
3 Wild deer in Weald Country Park, Brentwood, Essex.
Carp Spawning  The males will bash and bump alongside the female to assist the egg-laying, often very vigorously pushing her to the warmer, reedy shallow part of the lake which provides the best laying ground for the eggs. : carp, spawning, water, splash
4 Carp Spawning
Carp Spawning  The males will bash and bump alongside the female to assist the egg-laying, often very vigorously pushing her to the warmer, reedy shallow part of the lake which provides the best laying ground for the eggs. : carp, spawning, water, splash
5 Carp Spawning
Carp Spawning  The males will bash and bump alongside the female to assist the egg-laying, often very vigorously pushing her to the warmer, reedy shallow part of the lake which provides the best laying ground for the eggs. : carp, spawning, water, splash
6 Carp Spawning
Carp Spawning  The males will bash and bump alongside the female to assist the egg-laying, often very vigorously pushing her to the warmer, reedy shallow part of the lake which provides the best laying ground for the eggs. : carp, spawning, water, splash
7 Carp Spawning
Carp Spawning  The males will bash and bump alongside the female to assist the egg-laying, often very vigorously pushing her to the warmer, reedy shallow part of the lake which provides the best laying ground for the eggs. : carp, spawning, water, splash
8 Carp Spawning
Carp Spawning  The males will bash and bump alongside the female to assist the egg-laying, often very vigorously pushing her to the warmer, reedy shallow part of the lake which provides the best laying ground for the eggs. : carp, spawning, water, splash
9 Carp Spawning
Moorhen and Chicks  Gallinula chloropus : Moorhen, Chicks, lake
10 Moorhen and Chicks
Coot and Chicks  Just out of the nest, but not venturing far from the water's edge. : Coot, chicks, water
11 Coot and Chicks
Male Tufted Duck  Aythya fuligula : Duck, Tufted, lake
12 Male Tufted Duck
Greylag Goslings  Anser anser : Greylag Goslings
13 Greylag Goslings
Chiaroscuro  Greylag Goslings : Goslings, Greylag
14 Chiaroscuro
Branta canadensis  Younger Canadian Goslings : Goose, Canadian, Goslings, water
15 Branta canadensis
Touchdown  Canadian Goose landing on Weald Park Lake : Canadian Goose, lake, landing
16 Touchdown
Swimming Grass Snake -1  It stopped swimming towards us and just stayed in one spot looking warily at us. : snake, swimming, river, Stort
17 Swimming Grass Snake -1
Swimming Grass Snake - 2  Fixing us with a steely glare, it was trying to 'smell' the potential threat. : snake, swimming, river, Stort
18 Swimming Grass Snake - 2
Swimming Grass Snake - 3  Satisfied we weren't a threat, it carried on to the bank of the River Stort. : snake, swimming, river, Stort
19 Swimming Grass Snake - 3
Swimming Grass Snake -4  Grass snake swimming across the River Stort on the Essex/Hertfordshire border. : snake, swimming, river, Stort
20 Swimming Grass Snake -4
Swimming Grass Snake  Close-up : snake, swimming, river, Stort
21 Swimming Grass Snake
Easter Duckling, Finchingfield, Essex : Easter, Duckling, Finchingfield, Essex
22 Easter Duckling, Finchingfield, Essex
Easter Duckling : Easter, Duckling, Finchingfield, Essex
23 Easter Duckling
Finchingfield Ducklings : Easter, Duckling, Finchingfield, Essex
24 Finchingfield Ducklings
Grape Hyacinth and Visitor : grape-hyacinth, bumblebee, bee, blue flower
25 Grape Hyacinth and Visitor
Peacock Butterfly on Grape Hyacinth : butterfly, peacock, grape, hyacinth, blue
26 Peacock Butterfly on Grape Hyacinth
Peacock Butterfly on Grape Hyacinth : butterfly, peacock, grape, hyacinth, blue
27 Peacock Butterfly on Grape Hyacinth
Peacock Butterfly on Grape Hyacinth : butterfly, peacock, grape, hyacinth, blue
28 Peacock Butterfly on Grape Hyacinth
Speckled Wood  Pararge aegeria seen in Swan Wood, Essex : butterfly, Speckled Wood
29 Speckled Wood
Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta : Red Admiral, butterfly
30 Red Admiral
Comma -  Polygonia c-album  A common sight nowadays - the Comma butterfly - seen today on a walk in the Essex countryside. The Comma was once widespread over the British Isles, but in the 1800s suffered a severe reduction in numbers, and survived only in a few Welsh border counties. If this had happened today, every eco-warrior would be talking about climate change and how we should treble the price of electricity so we didn't destroy lovely little butterflies like the Comma.  Turns out the Comma was in decline due to a reduction in Hop farming, a key larval foodplant at the time. The environment it depended on wasn't "wild", it was man-made, like so many habitats various species exploit. Since the 1960s this butterfly has made a spectacular comeback, with a preference for Common Nettle as the larval foodplant, and it is now found throughout England, Wales, the Isle of Man, Channel Islands and has recently reached Scotland. Despite all the doom and gloom prophecies, nature has a way of adapting and surviving. : butterfly, comma, White Notley
31 Comma - Polygonia c-album
A Walk in the Park  Fallow deer in Weald Park, Brentwood,Essex : Fallow Deer, wildlife, Essex, Park, Brentwood, Weald
32 A Walk in the Park
I Said 'Don't Call Me Bambi'  Fallow deer in Weald Park, Brentwood,Essex : Fallow Deer, wildlife, Essex, Park, Brentwood, Weald
33 I Said 'Don't Call Me Bambi'
Lost Again  Fallow deer in Weald Park, Brentwood,Essex : Fallow Deer, wildlife, Essex, Park, Brentwood, Weald
34 Lost Again
Spring Sunshine  Fallow deer in Weald Park, Brentwood,Essex : Fallow Deer, wildlife, Essex, Park, Brentwood, Weald
35 Spring Sunshine
Intruder Alert!  Fallow deer in Weald Park, Brentwood,Essex : Fallow Deer, wildlife, Essex, Park, Brentwood, Weald
36 Intruder Alert!
Venison Watch  Fallow deer in Weald Park, Brentwood,Essex : Fallow Deer, wildlife, Essex, Park, Brentwood, Weald
37 Venison Watch
3 Way Stroll  Fallow deer in Weald Park, Brentwood,Essex : Fallow Deer, wildlife, Essex, Park, Brentwood, Weald
38 3 Way Stroll
Don't Look Back  Fallow deer in Weald Park, Brentwood,Essex : Fallow Deer, wildlife, Essex, Park, Brentwood, Weald
39 Don't Look Back
Lens Hunt  The wild deer, wand'ring here and there, Keeps the human soul from care. (from Auguries of Innocence by William Blake) : Fallow Deer, wildlife, Essex, Park, Brentwood, Weald
40 Lens Hunt
Pied Wagtail - Roof of St Mary, Ovington  One of a pair : wagtail, tiles, roof
41 Pied Wagtail - Roof of St Mary, Ovington
Pied Wagtail - Roof of St Mary, Ovington  Motacilla alba yarrelli : wagtail, roof, tiles
42 Pied Wagtail - Roof of St Mary, Ovington
Pied Wagtail - Roof of St Mary, Ovington  Very fast runners! : wagtail, roof, tiles
43 Pied Wagtail - Roof of St Mary, Ovington
Pied Wagtail - Roof of St Mary, Ovington  About to fly to the timber church belfry... : Wagtail, roof, tiles
44 Pied Wagtail - Roof of St Mary, Ovington
Ladybird : ladybird
45 Ladybird
Ladybird Party
46 Ladybird Party
Grass Snake and Frog  Grass Snake in the process of swallowing a large frog in Mores Wood, near Snakes Hill, Brentwood. Its hind feet were distending the snake's gullet. : snake, frog, prey, bite
47 Grass Snake and Frog
Grass Snake and Frog (2)  The snake didn't want to be watched while eating, so took cover. The frog was bloody, but still alive. I expect the snake returned to its meal after we left. : grass-snake, frog, hunt, prey
48 Grass Snake and Frog (2)
Fox - Vulpes vulpes  Seen near the Thames Estuary Path at Grays, Essex : fox, night, vulpes
49 Fox - Vulpes vulpes
Fox - Vulpes vulpes  Seen near the Thames Estuary Path at Grays, Essex : Fox, night, vulpes
50 Fox - Vulpes vulpes
Palomena prasina  Green Shieldbug : Shieldbug, Insect, Green
51 Palomena prasina
Green Shieldbug  Palomena prasina : Shieldbug, Insect, Green
52 Green Shieldbug
Fly on Hollyhock : fly, hollyhock
53 Fly on Hollyhock
Araneus diadematus  Garden or Cross Spider : Spider, Cross, Garden, web, arachnid
54 Araneus diadematus
Garden Spider: Araneus diadematus : Spider, Garden, Araneus diadematus, web
55 Garden Spider: Araneus diadematus
Lunch-time  Garden or Cross Spider (Araneus diadematus) with moth snack - possibly Elephant Hawk Moth. : Spider, web, moth, eating, prey
56 Lunch-time
Green on Green  Greenbottle - Lucilla caesar : greenbottle, fly
57 Green on Green
Lucilla caesar : fly, greenbottle, lucilla
58 Lucilla caesar
Danger Below : fly, greenbottle, spider
59 Danger Below
Lucilla caesar on Lobelia erinus : greenbottle, fly, lobelia, flowers
60 Lucilla caesar on Lobelia erinus
Black-Headed Gull : gull, seagull
61 Black-Headed Gull
Gull - Point Clear, Essex : gull, seagull
62 Gull - Point Clear, Essex
Robin : Robin, Little Tey, wild, bird, redbreast
63 Robin
Starling  Sturnus vulgaris : starling
64 Starling
Starling in Flight  Sturnus vulgaris launching into flight. : starling, bird
65 Starling in Flight
Cold Pursuit  Cold March morning : birds, tree, silhouette, sky
66 Cold Pursuit
Duality : bird, airplane
67 Duality
Swifts : swifts, bird
68 Swifts
Female Chaffinch  The Horny thologists say that the bird's unusual feet are caused by warty growths caused by the papillomavirus. : Chaffinch, red, berries
69 Female Chaffinch
Cockerel : cockerel, comb
70 Cockerel
Rooster at White Notley  In the background, there is a traditional rare breed pig, the Oxford Sandy and Black, basking in the sunshine. The breed was saved from near extinction about 20 years ago. : cockerel, rooster, rare breed, pig, farmyard
71 Rooster at White Notley
Look what the cat brought in  Brought in, completely unharmed, by one of our cats "Zulu". : mouse
72 Look what the cat brought in
Red Deer Stag  Bedfords Park, Essex : red, deer, stag, antlers
73 Red Deer Stag
Red Deer : deer, Bedfords Park, stag, antlers
74 Red Deer
Fallow Deer (Dama dama)  Nobby, the dominant male in the deer paddock at Weald Country Park, displaying his magnificent antlers. : deer, fallow, antlers, stag
75 Fallow Deer (Dama dama)
White-lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis) : snail
76 White-lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis)
White-lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis) : White-lipped Snail, Cepaea hortensis
77 White-lipped Snail (Cepaea hortensis)
Gold Fish  Minnows in a stream in the Stour Valley, near Nayland : fish, sunlight, minnows
78 Gold Fish
Frog on Lawn  Rana temporaria temporarily on our lawn : frog, grass, lawn
79 Frog on Lawn
Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea) male : dragonfly, hawthorn
80 Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea) male
Peacock (Pavo Cristatus) : peacock
81 Peacock (Pavo Cristatus)
Chaffinch  (Fringilla coelebs) - male : wild bird, Chaffinch
82 Chaffinch