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Common Darter

By Ade_Osman    
Just a very quick upload this morning of a Common Darter as I'm a bit busy today...

Thanks to Diane's and Pamela's UA's yesterday very much appreciated.
I'll try and catch up with everyone later.....


Hedghog update
Very quiet last night on the hedgehog front, although we do have one showing in one of the nestboxes quite well today. Much more sinister though is the 'other' visitor we had early this morning, a Fox! see V2,3 & 4 low res image from the CCTV system. We'll be keeping a very close eye on him as they can kill and maim the hedgehogs, so were trying to coming up with idea's to try an actively discourage the little blighter, not that I have any problems with foxes, after all it's a wild animal, but I want to keep the hedgehogs too Sad

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Tags: General Dragonflies Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Odonata Common darter Wildlife and nature

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gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 8:24AM
A wonderful shot of the darter Ade, beautifully detailed.
Sad that the fox may harm the hedgehogs - I'm pleased you are seeking advice.

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Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
18 Sep 2012 8:27AM
V1 is a brilliant close up of this female common darter, the detail is truly awesome. Regarding that fox visiting your garden, I'm sure that if you appear at the window or venture outside he'll run away in fear as soon as he catches sight of you! The thought of your good self possibly appearing on TV in the not too distant future is terrifying me already! The epzers' will be in for a fright when they see you on widescreen HD television in their front rooms, I still have nightmares from when you last made an appearance on our screens a few years back when you appeared in the show "Teachers" which was filmed in Bristol!!!WinkGrinTongue
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
18 Sep 2012 8:34AM
Superb shot of the Common Darter, Ade: excellent detail and colours.
Ray42 10 3 England
18 Sep 2012 8:42AM
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 9:14AM
Not able to help with advice re the fox, but you have such a lot going on in the garden...
you will work something out!
great shot and shots!
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 9:39AM
what a dilemma .....
I really feel for you over this one ....
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 10:09AM
A stunning Dragon Fly portrait, the pin sharp focusing has allowed me to roam every millimetre of this gorgeous creature at my will. As for that rather undesirable looking fox, one is in somewhat of quandary. "My only suggestion would be to contact the RSPCA would possibly lay a humane trap?"
Good luck on that front mate.

Regards Nathan
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 10:20AM
Love the dragon fly detail Ade - but what to do about that fox? I have no ideas.... Sad
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 11:18AM
Great dragonfly shot AdeGrin Not very fluffy is he?Sad
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
18 Sep 2012 11:27AM
a wonderful image of the darter SmileSmile
Last night, from midnight to about 20 minutes later I saw the hoggies pass, one had a meal and then went into the box and then I saw you r cat.
How to train him to scare off the foxes I don't know ...
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
18 Sep 2012 1:00PM
Don't know how you do these macros... I've been chasing a plumed moth half the morning and nothing to show!! I shall be watching for a solution to your fox problem with interest - got 3 regular unwelcome visirtors in our garden most nights.

18 Sep 2012 1:31PM
OMG you excelled this time mate Tongue Stunning
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
18 Sep 2012 2:20PM
Awesome colour and detail. Super image Ade.....
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
18 Sep 2012 2:26PM
10/10 Ade, fab detail mate,
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Sep 2012 2:27PM
A fantastic image, Ade, as always. Not sure about the fox, though, hope you can find a way to discourage him from the hogs. Carol
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 2:46PM
I was about to say the fox is one of the hedgehogs main predators but you mentioned this afore me I do hope you can deter him and keep the hedgehog safe, we had one hover around ours - very scary moments at times as I wasn't always on hand to frighten him away and I like foxes toSad

excellent shot of the common darter I need to try this stacking lark sometimeSmile
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 3:58PM
Excellent shot,
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
18 Sep 2012 4:41PM
Great shot of the Darter Ade.
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 7:13PM
Love V1 Ade, wonderful detail. We have hedgehogs and foxes, no problem the foxes soon give up when they get pricked.
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 7:14PM
Oh, Ade, they just keep getting better and better, absolutely awesome.
Well done my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
18 Sep 2012 8:50PM
Superb detailed Darter Ade - fills the frame well.
18 Sep 2012 9:30PM
This is an absolute cracker Ade. Spot on!!

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2024 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 9:48PM
Thanks for showing us the super darter image, Ade.
I think we are all concerned now about foxy, no doubt you will find a solution, keep us posted.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Sep 2012 10:04PM
Thanks for your night shots, which I cannot seem to get-- Love the dragonfly as well!
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
18 Sep 2012 10:05PM

Quote:I think we are all concerned now about foxy, no doubt you will find a solution, keep us posted.

Solution is in hand, I hoping to frighten the living be Jesus out of him, being an insomniac this shouldn't be too much of a problem, the little beggar caught me napping this morning. We do have an alternate last resort solution.......But as I said this really is a last resort and not something I'd wish to use, however if the problem gets out of hand and the hedgehogs who are after all a protected species are harmed in any way, we will consider it. I have a gamekeeper who lives 4 doors away, so you can imagine what it might involve.........But just to reiterate It's a last resort!!!!

Thanks for the comments Pamela.......Ade
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
18 Sep 2012 10:12PM
I think Fantastic Mr Fox will be petrified when he comes face to face with the Big O, as will many of the epzers' when you next appear on our TV screens!WinkGrinTongue
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 2:42AM
Nice one Ade, sharp nose to tail and great colouring throughout.

I don't know which are cuter, the foxes or the hedgehogs, wouldn't it be nice if everything could live in peace and share the planet.

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 7:47AM
Lovely sharp side view Ade, including some really fine detail on the head. Such a shame about the fox, let us hope your hedgehogs have super sharp prickles!
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 9:24AM
Fine NH close up as expected from you. Superb sharpness.

The Fox issue. They are not the pretty furry doggy that many people think. When you have seen a dozen young geese, all with there heads bitten off, you do not really become a fox fan. Whilst everything has a place in the wild, my local gamekeeper friend has a way of solving fox problems.


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