Alien Eggs?

You’d be forgiven for thinking Sigourney Weaver was about to appear toting a flamethrower… But pull back a little and they’re maybe not as big as all that…. In fact they’re actually really quite small. Maybe just a mm across each of them… Watched a Cabbage White visit one of the raised beds, and this…

Something to Crow About

Corvids are, quite rightly, generally considered one of the more intelligent bird species, so it’s perhaps no surprise that they’ve come to be ubiquitous in our cities. Edinburgh is home to a number of different corvids: I love seeing the little Jackdaws, with their piercing blue eyes; I’ve a bias towards Magpies being originally from…

Ah Rats!

For a long time it was thought that the Brown Rat originated in Norway (indeed it’s Latin name is Rattus¬†norvegicus), but recent (20th century) research confirmed its Asian origin. But the rat has populated the world, and while the old adage of never being more than 6feet from a rat in London is an urban…

It’s a Bug’s Life

There are times when I’ll look out on my garden and think that it’s all a bit dull on the wildlife side. Okay, so I’ll always enjoy seeing the foxes wander through (and I’m actually staking the garden out for such a sighting as I type this), it there are only so many Dunnocks and…

Going Batty

And I thought photographing Swallows and Martins was difficult… Bats have that same fast, unpredictable flight, with the added complication of falling darkness to contend with. I’ve discovered some regular bats near my house, and the tactic of pre-focussing on an area, then firing almost blindly when it appears that a bat is roughly in…

The Foxes are coming to me

The local foxes in Duddingston have been notable by their absence from around the den I regularly stake-out. There must be cubs/kits by now, and I can only assume the rest are off fetching food, or maybe they’ve been driven off temporarily by protective mothers. But not to worry, we’ve had them coming into our…

Spotting Raptors in Edinburgh

Just to show you never can tell what you’ll see in Edinburgh. This photo is from a couple of weeks ago, just before I went on holiday, hence the delay. It’s from a distance, and heavily cropped, but identifiable as an Osprey. And this was over the Figgate Park in Duddingston. The only reason I…