Sally and I have always kept a record of our wildlife sightings. We have notebooks and computer records going back to about 1980. Several years ago we switched to online databases for our records – we use the BTO Birdtrack for birds and iRecord for everything else. Our records form a tiny tiny fraction of 1% of all the information about British wildlife. But this kind of data provides the basis for conservation.
One of the best things about these modern online databases is that you can add digital photographs of your sightings as “evidence”. Yesterday, at Conyer Creek, Sally took a cracking picture of 3 species of ladybird on a thistle head. So I could use the same photograph on iRecord as evidence for 7 spot ladybird (at the top), 14 spot ladybird (yellow and black) and Adonis ladybird (middle front). The Adonis is a fairly scarce ladybird. (I can’t identify the other beetle). So well done Sally! However her little camera is not really that good for very long distance shots so on occasion, if Terry is with us, I get him to take the picture for me – his camera lens is huge!
So here is Terry’s photograph that he took for me with “evidence” of a wildlife sighting. Now the question is – What did we see? Have a go at this competition. You can answer on the web, send an email to me, Sally or Irene or try phoning. Sadly there is no prize but, unlike my last competition, I do know the answer! Well, I know what he pointed the camera at anyway! So does Terry so he is not allowed to enter.
Have a go!