Magpie Moth (Abraxas grossulariata)

Sometimes I get dragged off the sofa for the daftest reasons. ¬†Do the dishes, cook my dinner, make me coffee, all that kind of crap ūüėČ ¬†Today however was worth it for this Magpie moth, Latin name¬†Abraxas grossulariata. ¬†Very cool little thing that was hanging around the garden and it was nice to be able to put the macro lens to use again. ¬†Who said moths were boring? look at the markings on this thing!

Magpie Moth(Abraxas grossulariata) East Sussex, England, UK
Magpie Moth(Abraxas grossulariata) East Sussex, England, UK

Siladen trip report

This is the 1st time I’ve been back diving in Bunaken marine park for quite a while, having been mostly muck diving recently. Siladen is one of a group of islands that make up the park, others include Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehague and Nain.

We’re staying in Siladen Resort and Spa and the temptation is to eat way too much, I’m even eating cake! (if you know me you’ll understand) Usual Indonesian hospitality, not to mention Portugese ūüôā Nothing is too much trouble and if I don’t get fat from the cake I’ll be waterlogged from the iced tea & coffee ūüôā

I 1st¬†dived Bunaken¬†around 1994 I think and there were always loads of sharks & turtles, good to see they’re still here, I’ve seen blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, loads of little stuff too, usual doses of nudis, orangutan crabs, pygmy seahorses, baby narwhals and the odd mermaid or 2* (maybe not)

Siladen Resort and Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Siladen Resort and Spa, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Porcelain crab, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Porcelain crab, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Hawksbill turtle, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
Hawksbill turtle, Bunaken marine park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
White tip reef sharks, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk
White tip reef sharks, Sulawesi, Indonesia. © www.edbrown.co.uk

 

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) and cubs

Its been a while since I’ve posted any fox pictures, way too long in fact, so I grabbed the chance last week to go and get some pics of some cubs I’d been told about. ¬†Funny how people in this country have such polar opinions of these guys. ¬†To set a little record straight, they won’t just kill all your chickens for fun and then bugger off. ¬†You scared them off before they could cache all that lovely meat for when food is scarce. ¬†And they won’t eat your baby either (maybe close your door if scared of this happening)

Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cubs, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cub, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen and cubs, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) vixen and cubs, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cubs, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk
Red fox (Vulpes vulpes) cubs, Kent, England, UK © www.edbrown.co.uk