Two tails

It was a tale of two types of tails over the last weekend of February at Blashford Lakes nature reserve. On the Saturday wandered around attempting to photograph the flying variety that have tails, birds.

Opportunities were limited resulting in just two reasonable pics from the day. A Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) and a singing Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

A Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)
A Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris)
Singing Reed Bunting
Singing Reed Bunting

However it did offer up an alternative option when walking across one of the bridges, and spotting some very tiny insects on the rails.

So the next day returned with my macro gear and photographed incredibly tiny springtails, probably approx 1-3 mm’s in length.

There were a couple of different types of elongated-bodied springtails. Banded ones which were the tiniest of the two.

Minute springtail
Minute springtail
Banded elongated-bodied springtail
Banded elongated-bodied springtail

The other type of elongated-bodied springtails were bigger coming in either orange & green or yellow & green colours.

Orange & Green
Orange & Green
Yellow & Green elongated-bodied springtail
Yellow & Green elongated-bodied springtail
Face to face
Face to face

All the loose ends of this tale of two tails are tied up with the final shot.

A tiny shieldbug, in one of its early instars, wrapped in spiders web strands

Tied up
Tied up


Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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