Disappointing survey at Longshaw as only blue and emerald damselflies around. The weather was not in their favour as there was too much cloud cover and a breeze across the water. The day after at Ramsley it was virtually blue … Continue reading →
I have recently done 2 short blogs for Eastern Moors. The first is about one of our common wildlife creatures – the common lizard. The second is much more specialist and shows the scarce Adders Tongue fern, which is nothing … Continue reading →
PART 1 I used this title to express my feelings when my grandson was born. It seems somewhat disrespectful to use the same phrase for the emergence of a dragonfly or damselfly but I am sure Eden will forgive me … Continue reading →
I make no excuses for more lizard photos. They are so photogenic and most of the time they will sit and pose for you. Today they seemed to want to be with friends. In this sequence I think the larger … Continue reading →
In recent times I have been spending many happy hours working on the Flickr site and Blog for the Eastern Moors. In many ways I am duplicating work by putting entries on here as well as on those 2 sites. … Continue reading →
This is the first year I have studied adders and lizards seriously. I always knew they were there but it’s not until you find them that you realise how beautiful they are. I have been lucky enough to have several … Continue reading →
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.