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Springwatch team's late May Flickr Favourites

Jeremy Torrance web producer Jeremy Torrance web producer | 14:51 UK time, Thursday, 20 May 2010

The team are out filming every day now, and preparing to leave Springwatch Towers for Norfolk very soon, so it's getting harder and harder for our researcher Sam to tie them down to choose a Flickr favourite.

As we get busier, so does the Springwatch Flickr group and so many excellent candidates for the Springwatch Photo Club are coming in every day. Martin, Sam and the team are keeping a very close eye on the pictures coming in, so if you want to be part of Photo Club get snapping!

Simon's squad chose this shot from Robin's shed. They said it was great to see the work of one of nature's great architects at its foundations.

Wasp nest building © RobinM nest building wasp by robin m

Producer Holly adored this little owl capture for its portrayal of character. She says they are little birds with big personalities.

Little owl © Stacy Woolhouse little owl by stacy woolhouse

Level-headed Joe thought this hare looked like he'd been caught in a yoga pose! It's a brilliant snapshot of the strange flexibility in the hare's movement.

Brown hare © Maria Justamond / Rockwolf  leggy brown hare by rockwolf

Series producer Roger thought these punk rocker chicks were "so coot"! And after we'd finished groaning he said it was a perfect family portrait.

Nesting coot © Dominic Heard nesting coot with colourful chicks by Dominic Heard

These bright mandarins caught the attention of our Management Menagerie who said they wished human males put in this much effort! They had never seen such beautiful plumage.

Mandarin ducks © Sarunas Mikalauskas   mandarin ducks by sarunas mikalauskas

The Unsprung team thought this image was a perfect example of how just a little bit of colour can go a long way. They thought photographer Mark really made the most of the colours with this composition.

Moorhen tongue © Mark Coates   moorhen tongue by mark coates

Producer Hannah chose this robin for the cheeky glint in his eye and the brilliant colouring of his chest. She thought Jennifer must have either been really quick with her camera or really patient waiting to get this shot.

Robin © Jennifer Barclay  robin by jennifer barclay

We Webbies were fascinated by this capture with striking colours and a stunning composition. We're looking forward to seeing more marine creatures (in better condition!) in the show.

Barmouth Jelly Monster © Mark Turnbull metallic jelly fish by mark turnbull

And last, but by no means least, researchers Ruth and Lucy were so impressed with Simon's mating kingfishers that they insisting on sending it around the team for everyone to see. Many of us feel lucky if we catch a fleeting glimpse of a kingfisher when out birdwatching, and most would be ecstatic to snap a good still of a kingfisher, but Simon has really hit the jackpot with this clear capture of spring behaviour.

Kingfishers mating © Simonh2159  kingfishers mating by simon h 2159

As always we'd love to know how spring is unfolding where you are, so add your spring pictures to the Springwatch Flickr group and tell us what's going on in your neck of the woods.

You can see our Flickr favourites from early May here.

Keep an eye out for even more Flickr favourites from Sam and Martin and the team in the coming weeks.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Brilliant photos! The colour and sharpness of Mark Coates moorhen is fantastic, and the shot of the coot by Dominic Heard is a great sharp and well composed image!

  • Comment number 2.

    These are all stunning images - as are so many on the Springwatch Flickr site.

    I am an avid nature watcher but a terrible photographer ... although I blame the lack of a decent camera!!

    But I do love to look at the Flickr group photos and marvel at the fabulous skill of all the wonderful amateur wildlife photographers out there. You are all superb and this is such a great way to share your photos so others like me can enjoy them. Thank you.

  • Comment number 3.

    Can you help me? Do blue tits (or other birds) bury their dead? At the hospice where my wife is a volunteer they have a camera inside a blue tit nesting box. Last week someone mentioned most of the nestlings died abut one or two remained alive. The mother bird was seen pulling the dead fledgelings away from those living and covering their bodies with leaves. Have you seen this, is it common?

  • Comment number 4.

    I need help with some Blue Tits in my garden, they have been there for quite a few weeks now and i know that soon they are likely to leave their nest, but i would like to know if the Blue Tits will come back to the nest or not? Thanks!

  • Comment number 5.

    Thanks for the nice comments about my Moorhen photo.

    I actually used a little flash, you may see that in the eye if you click on the photo, go to Flickr and select "all sizes".

  • Comment number 6.

    Thanks too for the pics comments - Dom.

 

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