THE NATURE REPORT
JUNE 2004
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The Cheshire show has taken up much of our time this month but our wildlife have been busy mostly breeding.

These ducklings were hatched by the dirty water irrigator tank but from a few days old they had made their way to the pond some 300m away.

The wet June has seen a pool of water form behind the slurry store and they found this very interesting and seemed to commute between the two places.

Watching a program called countryfile on the BBC Simon says they claimed these bumble bees are rare as you see quite distinctive with their red rump. Can anyone tell us more??

Our Collared doves usually nest up high on the roof beams of the cubical shed however this year they have nested in the loft behind the bales giving us this opportunity to photograph their one chick.

It was blowing itself up trying to appear large and threatening when I took this picture.

Also nesting in the loft were some wasps which (having stung me twice) were evicted by Cliff a fisherman friend who uses their larvae as bait.

In our last nature picture this month webby turns his camera towards the heavens and the sun.

In a rare event he caught Earths sister planet Venus as she transited the sun earlier in the month.

The image was made by projecting the image from a pair of binoculars (one objective lens remained covered to prevent a double image being created) onto a piece of white card.

WARNING - NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN THROUGH ANY TELESCOPE, BINOCULARS OR OTHER SUCH INSTRUMENT.
YOU WILL BE BLINDED

Finally we end with another view in the sky as webby photos his most wanted subject the buzzard.

One of these days he'll get a close up

 

 

See you next month Phil.

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