A collection of wildlife photographs

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Wicken Fen and Anglessey Abbey

These Starlings formed a murmuration over Wicken Fen on 23 January 2016 as dusk set in. They flew like a shoal of fish through the evening sky. The formation of large murmurations might allow them to avoid predation.
A murmuration of  approximately 2,500 Starling Sturnus vulgaris

At Wicken Fen we also witnessed Barn Owls Tyto alba, Short-eared Owls Asio flammeus, as well as the song of Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti, amongst others.

Anglessey Abbey was visited for a walk on 17 January 2016. Several plant species seen here are shown below.

Winter Aconite is a distinctive native species which can form a blanket of yellow flowers early in the year.
Winter Aconite Eranthis hyemalis surrounded by Ivy Hedera helix
Turkish Wood Spurge plant is a common garden plant that reproduces primarily through vegetative propagation (i.e. through underground runners). 
Turkish Wood Spurge Euphorbia amygdaloides subsp. robbiae
Hidcote Comfrey Symphytum officinale x asperum x grandiflorum

Algerian Iris Iris unguicularis

Himalayan Birch Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
This Mallard was also seen on a waterbody in Anglessey Abbey.
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

I also heard the chattering of some House Sparrows in a hedgerow in Cambridge. This male was perched on a tree above the hedgerow. 
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

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