15.3.14 The people in the know tell me that this is not a female but a brown male. Ah well, the search goes on! Still pleased to see so many at this early stage of the year. I know there … Continue reading →
One of the overlooked gems of the Eastern Moors is the common lizard. For those who are patient enough to study the dry stone walls on a sunny day, this creature is an absolute pleasure! Usually they scurry off into the wall but every now and then one just sits there and poses. The constant smile on his face says it all – contentment!
Not that the lizard has an easy life as they are in the food chain of many predators – adders, kestrels, buzzards and foxes to name just a few. In turn they do their bit to keep down the fly and insect population, and needless to say there is an abundance of these for much of the year.
These photos are of a traditional rich brown coloured individual but green and grey shades are a common occurrence.
In July last year I took this photo in Ramsley Reservoir. I was told it was a lamprey as no one could think what else it could be! If you have any ideas then please let me know. Email me … Continue reading →
Most people I have spoken to are surprised that adders start to emerge from hibernation in February, but emerge this month they do! Last year friends of mine were photographing adders with snowdrifts in the background. They are hardy creatures … Continue reading →
I am sure this winter has been windier than normal! To back up this theory I attach a few photos of a wire fence just off Sheffield Road. The sheer power of the wind blasting Big Moor up here has … Continue reading →
Not quite on Big Moor but the starlings above Stoney Middleton on Middleton Moor have been amazing. I have been 5 times so far to see them and no doubt will go again before they disperse in March. Here is … Continue reading →
Traffic thunders along Sheffield Road within 50 yards of the Bar Brook in an area where the stream is at its most picturesque. Over the years I have taken countless shots of the stream in flood, the waterfalls and the … Continue reading →