Since I set out to photo record as much of the fauna as possible that visits our spot I have probably been amazed at least once a day. Either by finding something new or finding out something new.
Nature never ceases to blow me away. And this is just from my little patch of earth in Jo’burg.
I have literally hundreds of photo records of hundreds of subjects. I have become fairly familiar with favorite hang outs and favorite foods and when the fauna are most likely to come out to work or ”play”.
I am learning all the different names as well. It’s great to know the names of the different butterflies or what a particular bird is simply by its call.
When I go for a wander I am cautious where I tread – especially if I have forgotten to do dog-poo-patrol.
I look at everything, as you never know what might be lurking or sitting right in front of your nose.
Many insects and spiders learn to sit quite still and if you blink you might miss something.
From a photographic point of view I am slowly getting the hang of the digital camera and this is paying dividends too.
I have been wanting to take a decent photograph of a particular Drone Fly called Eristalis.
It come around at more or less the same time as the bees and feeds on a particular yellow succulent that is outside the bedroom windows. Oddly enough, the same plant is also at the front of the property but I have never seen this fly visit there.
It is a solitary visitor and buzzes among the honeybees quite unperturbed, drinking its fill of nectar then eventually flying off.
I sat on the lawn and waited. Nothing appeared. The bees eventually came but no Drone Fly.
I had things to do and couldn’t sit in the sunshine all morning. Much as I’d like to!
I was about to call it quits when this fluttered into view. An Acraea butterfly. It seems late in the season but I wasn’t complaining. It is a beauty. Because I was sitting down my field of view was different than normal and thus I was able to take a shot like this …
I have taken a number of shots of this species but never seen the yellow feelers. What a treat! One for my favorites folder for sure.
After five minutes I was climbing to my feet when Eristalis arrived. Quietly sitting back down again I waited. Eventually the fly landed on the flower right in front of me and ‘click’, I had the shot I have been trying to get for months.
Time for work!
The height of cool.
The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades.