Gatekeeper butterflies

Gatekepper butterfly

Also known as the hedge brown, this is Britain’s commonest butterfly.

These individuals, on the Saltwells LNR in Brierley Hill, were unusually cooperative.

Gatekepper butterfly

Distant views of Shropshire hills

Distant view of the Wrekin

The view looking towards the Wrekin (above) was taken in Bradley, Staffordshire. The corn field below was just outside Badger, Shropshire. Titterstone Clee and Brown Clee are just about visible on larger versions of the photo (click on picture to go to Flickr for these larger versions).

Looking over a corn field for a distant view of the Clees

Ant nest

Ants' nest

The ants from this nest were rushing around in a frenzy because the nest had been disturbed, exposing the ants eggs – towards the right of the picture.

Magpies on a canal wall

Magpie

This series of pictures was taken by the canal basin in the Bumble Hole LNR.

A pair of magpies

First one magpie, then its mate, took up position by the entrance to the basin.

A pair of magpies

The knew I was there, but were unconcerned because they were on the other side of the canal.

A pair of magpies

A pair of magpies

A pair of magpies

A pair of magpies

A pair of magpies

They came a little closer as they moved down to water level, so that first one and then the other could drink some water.

A pair of magpies

A pair of magpies