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eco-the-hermit · 3 days ago
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:) Qibli
My au/hc colors for Qibli, this design is ftu btw! (just make sure to credit me, I don’t mind being tagged/pinged :0)
Also! I’m back for a little, although I’m probably going to do some base fills for now
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dansnaturepictures · 3 days ago
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12/06/2021-Rose-coloured Starling and more at Martin Down 
We arrived at Martin Down where we had come mostly to try and see the rare Rose-coloured Starling also known as Rosy Starling which had been around here and we’d never seen before. It was attention on insects as we began our walk at this rich and biodiverse national nature reserve two weeks after coming here on our third of three consecutive Saturdays. First we saw some delightful Five-spot Burnets flitting around on flowers we saw a good half dozen of these as the walk went on with some mating too. I took the first picture in this photoset among others which I tweeted tonight on Dans_Pictures of these moths. It was lovely to see the rich and pronounced colours of this one of my favourite moths and the species that got me into moths eleven years ago seeing one at Lakeside Country Park. I always look forward to see these and the six spots every spring and summer. Butterflies were abundant here today of course, Small Heath and Brimstone were on the wing in numbers and it was nice to see Large White, Adonis Blue, Common Blues a lot too so it was great to observe the differences between adonis and common and I got very close to one Small Blue taking a photo which I tweeted, Small Copper and some precious Painted Ladies. There were some other little moths around too. I took the second-fourth and ninth and tenth pictures in this photoset of beautiful views here. 
I loved seeing Buzzard, Skylark, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammer again with lots of the last three at this haven for them and some really very well with some very intimate views once more of three precious species as I had such a good time out. Hearing and seeing Corn Buntings has been fantastic every time we’ve been here this year and today added to that well. I took the seventh picture in this photoset of one later on here today which I was pleased with as I was with another that I tweeted of it too. I perhaps benefited today from bringing my bridge camera great for the long distance shots especially birds for only the third time bringing it to Martin Down as I can never leave the macro at home when coming here as this is a strong butterfly, other insect and flower location which usually means I leave the bridge at home as its usually either/or in my bag in the season the macro coming on walks that will very likely involve butterflies and the bridge camera more birding ones alongside the usual DSLR with normal lens and big lens. We did see some stunning Skylarks flying today which I always love here as well as hearing their compelling and beautiful song and I heard the whoosh of one’s wings a bit as it took off which was nice. We then after getting chatting to people at a safe social distance determined where the Rose-coloured Starling had been seen today down a path veering off to the left when coming from the upper car park along the main track just before reaching the sloping of the ridge. As we went in beside the blooming vegetation we heard the charming onomatopoeic call of the Cuckoo one of my favourite birds and a star of Martin Down so lovely to hear it here again this year. We got down to where it had it been seen with the Rosy Starling not showing for a couple of hours or so and discussed this with a fellow birder who had been here about that amount of time and had a good conversation as we expected to have to wait it out to see if we could see it. Then all of a sudden the Rose-coloured Starling flew into a nearby tree! I instinctively said “That’s it, isn’t it” and the man we were talking too said “yes” as my Mum got onto the bird too but I knew exactly what it was the minute I saw it. Yes the colours resemble Magpies and yes it is obviously Starling size but this bird looked like absolutely nothing else to me. It was so distinctive. And I was over the moon to get to watch this bird shuffle into thick vegetation, fly out and over to another tree where it did very much the same then fly off again and go into thick bushes. It looked stunning with a really sweet, delicious, milky and nicely colourful plumage. It was an incredible bird to see, and one I have been wanting to see for a while. What a moment. It was great to then point it out to another birder a bit further along as we all reflected on how great it is to share information and birds and the great social side of the hobby. The bird is just visible in the record shot in the sixth picture in this photoset.  This was a brilliant bird to see and it was my first new bird of 2021. Five whole months and 11 whole days without a life tick in a year was the longest I’ve ever waited to tick a completely new species in a year and it was eight months and one day since my our last new bird Pennington’s Wilson’s Phalarope in October 2020. I think this is the longest I’ve waited between new birds since between some at Radipole Lake in March 2012 and my first ever Purple Sandpipers at Southsea in March 2013. Obviously the mostly locked down winter contributed to that and the health of the nation had to come first. I do just feel so lucky to have seen something new again and it was always going to be so sweet if I was going to see a new bird this year. It’s a species I am so thankful that did end this drought. It’s my 273rd bird in my life and 157th this year my year list the third a year list of mine has ever been on on this date behind my two highest ever year list totals 2018 and 2019 with other previous years closer behind it on the date now and it is my first year tick of the month so I had that moment once again to say I still haven’t gone one month since November 2015 which I didn’t get at least one bird year tick in which is always great. It was just really good to explore another bit of our beloved Martin Down today too it really was another very beautiful meadows area with lots of wild trees and bushes. It’s always good to learn a new area of a reserve or walk we go to or do. We ended it in the searing heat going to a bit we do know intimately to walk past the ridge, along the dyke area and up to where the burnt-tip orchids usually are which we had seen just starting to raise their heads. On the way alongside lots of nice flowers including heath spotted orchid, my first ever thyme I recall seeing, speedwell earlier on in the walk, bird’s-foot trefoil I took a memorable pictrue for me of this and heath spotted-orchid together there were swathes of flowers around which was so good today, ground-ivy which I got the fifth picture in this photoset of one I learned at Lakeside this week, buttercups and others which I enjoyed on the whole walk, the place was teaming with Adonis Blues this a key area of this key reserve for them. I saw dozens and was so thrilled to have their enthralling electric shade of blue flashed at me as they zipped by. Glorious moments with one of my favourite butterflies. Its interesting the last new bird I saw at Martin Down Corn Bunting in 2016 so I’ve had quite a journey with them to now see them so much when coming here a struggling species that this is such a refuge for, and that was seen on the Saturday of the second May bank holiday that year less than a week after seeing my first ever Stilt Sandpiper at Pennington and we’d go on to see our first ever rarity Great Spotted Cuckoo at Portland the next day and first ever Nightjars at Bolderwood in the New Forest a couple of weeks later. And that Saturday I recall a stellar cast of butterfly sightings that day with so many firsts for the year and brilliant views with Adonis Blue very much at the heart of that so it was great to think that Adonis Blues still had that role today. Just before reaching the Burnt-tip orchid area I enjoyed seeing a Red Kite soar over the adjoining fields where they very often go. Then I was delighted in my week of orchids to see two groups of fully emerged burnt-tip orchids. I took the eighth picture in this photoset alongside one I tweeted of them. One of the most precious and wonderful flowers we have it was a pleasure to be with them. I saw bright red Linnets well on the way back. Well today was a sensational and packed Saturday in the sun. We saw some of the greatest wildlife the UK has to offer in some amazing places. I hinted yesterday that in the coming weeks and days we have some big things coming up and this fits the really high standard of birds in particular and other wildlife we can see during that time. I felt myself being very content and relaxed today. Wildlife Sightings Summary for Martin Down: My first ever Rose-coloured Starling, my first of one of my favourite moths the Five-spot Burnet of the year, two of my favourite birds the Red Kite and Buzzard, one of my favourite butterflies the Adonis Blue, Skylark, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Stonechat well too, Blackbird, Magpie, Rook, Small Heath, Small Copper, Common Blue, Small Blue, Brimstone, Painted Lady, Large White and other moths.
My last post about some wildlife seen and photos taken at home today and a stop off and on the way in through the New Forest is here: https://dansnaturepictures.tumblr.com/post/653827659048140800/12062021-blog-1-of-2-home-and-new-forest-on-the
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carinaklinger · 3 days ago
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© Carina Klinger • September 2013 deviantArt • tumblr • instagram
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calmdowndrinksometea · 5 days ago
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As if color genetics in hair sheep weren't confusing enough, a bunch of our lambs have decided to change color as they're losing their baby hair. One red and white lamb is now tricolor apparently, since he all of a sudden decided to get a black face and dark spots are starting to appear on his back. Another lamb, who used to be a really pretty shiny copper red, now has a half red, half dark brown face.
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doodlebeeberry · 7 days ago
3 10 & 23? :D
3- fall scents! stuff like autumn leaves n apples is really good
10- read only memories neurodiver! the demo was so so much fun i cant wait to play the whole thing!!!
23- probably the really soft pj pants i got for cheap a few years ago, tho if were counting accessories then my little red ribbon
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zoeflake · 7 days ago
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We hiked 3+ hrs without seeing another person, but saw 21 of these darling red-spotted newts🧡
© Lunaladee
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andraskiraly · 8 days ago
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Draw, marker on paper, #kiralyandras #draw #paper #pen #blue #red #black #contemporary #art #kunst #mariautca #budapest #instaart #grid #line #spot #elliptical #horrorvacui #air #nonobjective #absrtact #mix #composition #contemporaryabstraction #contemporarydrawing #goldenratio #pencil #shade #corner #collectors https://www.instagram.com/p/CP28SdbheMg/?utm_medium=tumblr
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dansnaturepictures · 8 days ago
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07/06/2021-Bees, bee orchid, birds, butterflies and more on a bright day at Lakeside Country Park and home 
It was enjoyable to see House Sparrows in the garden picking up Missy our dog’s fluff after recent shaves in the garden they are taking it away possibly to help with nest building. Its quite an entertaining site with the natural world meeting the human world a little. I barely managed to leave the property during the first ten minutes or so of my lunch time walk today as I firstly had a captivating and productive session with the dahlia and other flowers on the balcony I just loved taking in the varied and stunning colour and taking photos with my DSLR and macro lens. I liked taking a photo from below of a pot hanging over the balcony in the special sunshine at the end of my lunch time walk with the overcast conditions starting the day lifting to form fantastic sunshine and it was so warm too again. Then there were two things I hoped I’d enjoy in the front garden, some nice blossoming vegetation hanging well around the fence which has turned into a hub of life for the bees it really has been brimming with them bumblebees and other types which has been fantastic the past few days. And its really felt like we are doing something important allowing this to grow with the regular buzz and colourful sight of these amazing and vital insects to us all. I took the first picture in this photoset of one of the bees. I then loved taking pictures of a brilliant pink rose we have noticed in the garden in the bush we have seen a dog rose grow on the bush out the front too and it was so lovely to take in such a beautiful sight I do remember seeing these really well for a while a bit earlier last spring.
I reached Lakeside Country Park the focus of my lunch time walks and enjoyed taking the second, third and fourth pictures in this photoset of the buttercup adorned fenced off nature reserve area looking very beautiful once more as a beautiful Red Admiral butterfly danced down the path which had crane’s-bill flowers all along its grassy sides. With me not really focusing on the grassy meadows on this now fine day I was happy to see a butterfly. 
Most of today’s key moments happened beside beach lake where I reached next, as among the gaggle of geese and Mallard and Moorhens so lots of birds and beside the yellow water irises which I’ve loved taking in a lot recently were bright pink distinctively and beautifully shaped flowers I had been looking out for. One of the many of them I took the fifth picture in this photoset off. It wasn’t overwhelmingly definitive when I ran them through the PlantNet flower ID app as I remember when I retrospectively put them through last August after seeing them here last spring but I believe the best candidate for what they are is heath spotted-orchid. I was really captivated to see them they are a striking colour and shape and a really stereotypical gem of a wildflower. I saw one to the north of beach lake when walking on too. It was great to see both Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies on the grassy shore of beach lake too.
It was another avian adventure around this busy lake today with me seeing Black-headed Gulls well and the Canada and Greylag goslings looking bigger and bigger in great numbers. I took and tweeted on Dans_Pictures tonight a picture of a family of Canada Geese the parents and four goslings one of the younger Canada families swimming with the now lone Great Crested Grebe in shot behind them which was interesting. I also saw some Mallard ducklings and I was so happy when out on a vacant fishing jetty to see an adult and fairly grown up duckling swim right towards me and swim under me on the platform as it seemed to learn to dive from its parent not something you always see really in Mallards. It allowed brilliant photo opportunities with my new standard lens which it was a revelation offers a good quality for bird picture on at that moment instead of my big lens as I juggled the standard, big and macro lenses today. So this felt good. I was on the fishing jetty though as I was allured by striking views of bright blue and white House Martins flying over the lake then skimming it to hunt and gently hitting the water I’ve enjoyed one do it a couple of times this year now. It was breathtaking to watch it do circuits around the lake a very precious bird species. A Swift glided in with immense tranquility at one point too. I am having a great spring at Lakeisde and home for Swift, Swallow and House Martin now which I am so happy with. I took the sixth picture in this photoset of the little Mallard and seventh of the original Canada Goose gosling this year looking so lovely and grown up now. I saw cuckooflower nicely by the jetty as I did in the peak season for it a month or so ago nice to see some still going strong.
Then I walked up towards the northern path taking in beautiful and serene lake scenes of the very blue looking as well westernmost lake, and I wasn’t going to go back along the nothern path but back along the tarmac path but thank goodness I did walk along the hedge line on the path north of the railway track as it allowed me to have the moment I have been waiting for. The possibly heath spotted-orchids I recall seeing a little earlier last year as is the case for most things this spring with it slightly slower and just after that I started spotting the flowers of my desire at the moment pyramidal orchid and especially bee orchid which I expected to see in the meadows in the east of the site. Its rather a focus at the moment of mine seeing the sights of spring some I had seen at Lakeside prior to working from home and others not things that happened last year again this year. With me on alert that orchid season at Lakeisde had arrived my head turned to trying to do walks to fit in chances for all the targets or as many as possible on lunch breaks this week. When at that moment nature wrote my script for me. I caught sight of some interesting looking white flowers and I could not get an exact match for these really but they are possible snowball flowers. At first I thought they were the white campion I saw and learnt at Lymington yesterday. Thinking oh I’d like to record one on patch with a picture with my macro lens on as the walk was coming to an end I went for it. And at that moment I noticed a bee orchid lurking in the grass! 
I was over the moon. I just had in my head that maybe I’d focus less on the northern path in coming days with lots of targets that are likely to be at different parts of the country park. But this rich area of bits of grass had come up trumps. Just like with snake’s-head fritillaries in late March I felt a pulse of excitement run through me seeing this flower. With foxgloves firmly fixed as my one favourite flower coming into 2020 in the working from home aided dive into flowers of 2020 and 2021 snake’s-head fritillary and bee orchid were my two favourite different flowers to see joining foxgloves as one of my favourites. So its been exceptional to see both again. The bee orchid really is a charming and stunning flower, of divine colours and intoxicating patterning. They just make me feel so happy and in aw of the natural world. I could not take my eyes off this piece of botanical treasure. I am so pleased to see my first bee orchid of 2021 and see them in back to back years. Lakeside is a pretty well known site for the bee orchids which is fantastic for an urban area so I am so happy and proud to be a part of that I tweeted a picture I took of the bee orchid. Perfect for #30DaysWild and #Springwatchlist for Springwatch this is one of my finest moments of my spring. I have to say for flowers I am still learning and delving into flowers seeing the bee orchid as it did with the snake’s-head fritillaries made me feel how I do when seeing birds and butterflies the very staples of my hobby and birds especially what I stated with so this felt amazing. 
I took the eighth picture in this photoset walking down this path of some vegetation. At home tonight as well as another interesting sky and sunset scenes I enjoyed seeing wildlife in the form of House Sparrow and Goldfinch on the balcony feeders and spider and my first moth seen in the house of the year which I believe I saw come in last night. I took the final two pictures in this photoset of one of the sky scenes and the spider. A brilliant Monday for me, I hope you all had a good one. 
Wildlife Sightings Summary: One of my favourite birds the Great Crested Grebe, one of my favourite butterflies the Red Admiral, Mallard, Canada Gosoe, Greylag Goose, Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Swift, Swallow, Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Wren, nice Great Tit with possible young chirping again, Starling, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Feral Pigeons nicely over beach lake as there are at Lakeside a lot lately, Magpie, Jackdaw, Common Blue damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly and an interesting white spider that was on the white flowers.
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