Thursday, 9 July 2009

Natural Garden Predators.

I don't own a macro lens but here are some shots of three 'natural predators' seen recently in our garden.

Hoverfly
Ladybird (Harlequin?)
Fly

25 comments:

  1. Nice shots Frank. That looks like a Harlequin as they come in a variety of colours.

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  2. Nice shots Frank. Even that grotesque fly looks respectable!

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  3. Predators! Where? ;-)
    Nice shots Frank, I thought you preferred bird shots :-)

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  4. Lovely post Frank...your shot of the fly is very excellent...you even got the sheen of the wings!

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  5. I noticed loads of ladybirds on the nettles toady, all sorts of variants, I assumed they were harlequins.

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  6. Roy. Thanks for the confirmation.

    Rene. I agree.

    Chris. Yes, I do but you cannot ignore all the other wildlife around us.

    Crista. A little bit of sharpening in 'post production' helped.

    Warren. I hope the link I sent over is useful.

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  7. Even without a macro lens those are lovely photos. The contrast of color on the photo of the hoverfly is really nice.

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  8. That fly is excellent Frank, with or without a macro. Great detail on it.

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  9. I think your Ladybird is the Harlequin.

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  10. I don't have a macro lens either, still saving up for one but close-ups are pretty darn good!!

    I haven't seen any of the ladybugs around here yet.. but then, maybe I haven't poked my nose into the leaves much yet... I've seem to be in the fishing frenzy lately...

    Take care.

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  11. Wow - you did brilliant without a macro lens! All great - especially the detail on that fly!

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  12. Frank...these are fantastic images. I've seen Hoverflies around here and photographed them, but I had no idea what they were. I recognized that striking pattern of yellow and black. I don't have a macro lens either...we should start a support group. ;-)

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  13. Hello, I found you through Shy Songbird. That fly shot is wonderful and without a macro lens, wow!

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  14. Nice shots Frank and a great fly! I think you're right about the Harlequin - sadly!!

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  15. Lovely, especially the Hoverfly on the purple bloom.

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  16. Wow! These are fantastic. Really beautiful. Amazing shot of the fly.

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  17. I don't think you need a macro lens..your photos are absolutely wonderful!! That last bee photo is really nice..look at that wing detail.. and the little ladybug looks pretty snug in that leaf!! I think you did a wonderful job of capturing a pseudo-macro series!!
    ;-)

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  18. I'm back from my 10 days gone and am busy checking blogs. These photos are terrific, Frank! Love the last one, the middle one, and the first one! Good work.

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  19. Hi "Early Birders".

    Lynmiranda & Tricia. Thanks for the confirmation.

    oldcrow61. Welcome & thanks.

    Mick, Keith, Shelley, Leedra, Cindy, Tina & Mona. Thanks for approving my 1st semi-macro post.

    Michelle. Another item to add to the Xmas wish list. Hope the fishing is reaping suitable rewards?

    Kelly. Support sounds good but who's got long enough arms..ha ha!

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  20. Great shots Frank especially of the fly.

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  21. Hi Frank, These are really great bug shots.

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  22. Lovely close up shots,well done Frank.
    John.

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  23. Hi Joan, Steve B & John. These little critters certainly tested my patience but at least they don't move about as quickly as the bees & butterflies.

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  24. The fly photograph is indeed exceptional! Which lens?

    Bedse Caves

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  25. Hi Bhavesh. Thanks. Taken with Canon EOS 450D using standard 17-85 lens. [85m F7.1 @ 1/125].

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