Drone Fly Eristalis tenax
known for it's resemblance to the male honey bee. It's larvae, called rat-tailed maggots, live in shallow nutrient rich stagnant water.
Thousands of these guys buzzing around the Somerset Levels yesterday, seemed a little impertinent not to try and grab a shot of one on the wing, even if they are fast as hell. Well we had a good day, I was on the hunt for macro images and Suzie (the wife) was there for her birds. I was hoping as the weather has been so good that we might have seen some Hairy Dragonflies emerged early, but sadly not, give it another week with this weather though and they should be out and about. Suzie managed some nice shot of various different birds species, of note was a Marsh Harrier and a Hobby as well as loads of Buzzards. We also heard a very early Cuckoo, which is amazing for this time of year, as well as seeing loads of various different butterflies.
Many thanks for all the comments and User Awards on yesterday's image of a fly, I didn't think it would go down too well as it's not exactly a shot of beauty, but I guess you all like it despite this.
I'll try and get to see as many images as possible in the galleries today, but as you might have guessed after yesterday's long day out I have a whole load of processing to do now, including a whole boat load for Sue. I'll even try and convince the girl to post one or two, but she's uses her images for some bird site or another.....I married a twitcher!
Catch up with you all later and thanks again......Ade
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