Space for Nature authors, photographers and artists
Jim McGlasson is a keen amateur photographer. In 2003 he entered the field of digital photography and has contributed some stunning images to Space for Nature.
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Common toad (Bufo bufo).
Common toad (Bufo bufo). Toads spend much more time away from water than do frogs. Their tougher, wartier skin helps retain moisture.
A fine detailed closeup of a female chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs).
Male chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs) showing some of the beautiful colouration of this bird. Note particularly the lovely green colour of the rump.
A beautiful shot of a very confiding robin (Erithacus rubecula).
A song thrush (Turdus philomelos) searching the lawn for its invertebrate prey.
|Male great spotted woodpecker|
An atmospheric shot of a great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major). This is a male as indicated by the red nape patch.
|Female green woodpecker|
Green woodpecker (Picus viridis) in a typical location - on a lawn. This is a female, distinguished from the male by a different head pattern.
|Small tortoiseshell underwing|
This image shows underside of a tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) butterfly's wing. When at rest, for example during hibernation, the under-wing serves to camouflage the insect. The butterfly is pictured on Verbena bonariensis.
Close up view of the amazing hummingbird hawkmoth (Macroglossum stellatarum) which many people mistake for a true humming-bird.
The summer of 2003 was a bumper one for hummingbird hawkmoths (Macroglossum stellatarum) in the UK. This migrant is normally a scarce visitor to our shores, but in common with many other moths and butterflies, the warm summer of 2003 led them to visit us in large numbers. They are diurnal (active during daylight) and their habit of hovering conspicuously in front of nectar rich plants meant that they were seen by many people.
Grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis): some people love 'em and others hate 'em! They can be a nuisance in the garden, damaging trees and taking food meant for the birds, but they are a bit of a loveable rouge.
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