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Christopher Wren
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A pair of pairs
A pair of common darters in a mating wheel. A pair of ruddy darters in tandem.

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Red squirrels in summer
It's been some time since I posted any red squirrel photos so here are a few of the latest. This one with a dark tail is the dominant male.  His ear tufts are just starting to regrow after moulting. Although they look cute and furry, squirrels have a pretty...

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Bird of the week - Mallard
Our most familiar duck tends to be taken for granted but it is a beautiful bird. The drake in particular has spectacular iridescent plumage.  These photos were taken in spring. The female's colouring is much more understated as she has to be camouflaged whi...

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Hogging the limelight
Two young jays have been very frequent visitors to the garden in the past two or three weeks.  This one is planning a career on the stage.

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This week's walk round the pond
I wrote last week that I thought I had seen the last emperor of the season but this week there was one still flying.  As soon as I arrived at the pond I could see a vivid electric blue male on patrol.  Every time the sun went in he disappeared so I didn't m...

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Black darters at Slipper Tarn
A few more photos from Cragside at the weekend.  The black darters there seem to emerge earlier than those nearer to home.  The males remind me of motorcyclists in black leather jackets. Immature males are black and yellow as are the females.
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