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Joan Burkmar has enjoyed the wildlife in her 'new town' garden for many years. Regular visitors include foxes, a still healthy population of house sparrows, and many woodland birds (even a recent green woodpecker). Her acquisition of a digital camera with a powerful zoom lens has brought many of these subjects within her photographic range and now she spends most of her time taking pictures instead of doing the housework!
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|Blue tit fledgling|
This fledgling blue tit (Parus caeruleus) was photographed just minutes after leaving a garden nestbox.
|Robin in typical jaunty pose|
This shot of a robin (Erithacus rubecula) shows it in a very characteristic attitude, often seen when keeping an eye out for a quick meal at the feet of the gardener.
|Robin in the hand|
Robins (Erithacus rubecula) can, without too much effort, be trained to take food from the hand - particularly when mealworms are on the menu!
|Female house sparrow with mealworms|
Many garden birds will take mealworms; especially in the breeding season when birds like this female house sparrow (Passer domesticus), normally a seed-eater, need insects for their young.
An increasingly rare sight nowadays, this picture of a turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) was taken in the garden of the photographer.
|Dunnock in sunshine|
The nicely lit photo of a Dunnock (Prunella modularis) shows nice plumage detail.
|Male greenfinch at feeder|
A male greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) at a seed feeder. This picture shows the robust and compact appearance of this finch very nicely. It is also a good illustration of the 'ear coverts' - a group of feathers immediately behind and below the eye.
Song thrushes (Turdus philomelos) commonly sing from very exposed spots like the top of this recently pollarded willow.
|Male early bumblebee|
In this picture of the early bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) you can see the rosy red 'tail' which, in conjunction with the yellow bands, are normally sufficient to identify it. The bright yellow facial hairs also identify this specimen as a male.
|Volucella zonaria female|
Female Volucella zonaria. This large and spectacular hoverfly is a hornet mimic and a continental hoverfly now commonly seen in southern Britain (perhaps as a result of climate change).
|Angle shades moth|
The angle shades (Phlogophora meticulosa) is quite a common moth of gardens with very distinctive (as well as beautiful) markings and colouration.
The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a very agile animal and is frequently encountered on shed roofs in gardens.
|Fox in the border|
An increasingly frequent visitor to gardens, the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is welcomed by most wildlife gardeners with open arms.
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