A few days later .............
Well that did not work so I am now the owner of a Yongnuo Speedlight, seems to work fine and was the same price new as the Nikon 2nd hand. Time will tell when I get chance to use it in the field
But anyway prior to this a few plays with various locations - a few Hoverflies, they are fascinating and very diverse, and for those that are not sure - they are the 2nd most important pollinator after Bees ! - if you use the thrice cursed Farcebook, this site is interesting and useful to see the diversity of Hovers and get IDs from the people who wrote the book, the one I now have to aid my IDs, failing that I post them here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/609272232450940/
Also a few flowers and other assorted bugs, just for the heck of it, I had a day out at Lincoln Whisby Nature reserve a short time ago so some from there, some from local Parc Slip Reserve and also a few from Llanelli WWT as well as some from the back garden
Not in any specific order, a few images, a few too many are 'bird on a stick' shots. By that I mean they are subject shots for ID purposes rather than aesthetically pleasing images. Working on it !
A Mining Bee - Andrena pilipes
A Robber Fly with prey, it took the moth out of the air in front of me !
A arty shot of a teasel
Commonly known as a Hornet fly - Volucella zonaria, one of the biggest Hovers
Eristalis tenax Hover on Marjoram
A Japanese anemone, with a bit of creative flash and contrast work in elements
A Magpie moth, the git landed on the plastic greenhouse and would not shift, rather than lose the shot completely I limited the background to this at the cost of sharpness on the lh wing
Another Hover, Scaeva pyrastri, this one migrates in from Europe !
A Comma butterfly, love them when they are so fresh
A Common Blue Damselfly, Enallagma cyathigerum, from the business end !
This one is limited to the specie, Syrphus sp cant ID below that level
This is known as the Marmalade Hover, Episyrphus balteatus, the most common of them all
A toad, one of many that was wandering around the grassland at Whisby
Everybody loves our native Orchids, The Bee Orchid, Ophrys apifera, always looks like a laughing jester with the cocked over hat
A close up, nicer background !
A longhorn beetle Strangalia maculata (in old money) now known as Rutpela maculata
Anyway, thats more than enough for now I think.