Monthly pic June 2012

Eggs from a Great Tit (Parus major). Canon 50D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, 1/60, f/5, iso 100, flash, handheld.
While working on an assignment I came upon this nest from - presumably - a Great Tit (Parus major). Mother and father were nowhere to be seen or heard, so I quickly took a photo and moved on. I spend a lot of my spare time in the field these days, but my best experience so far was one I could not take a photo of. I was walking back through Meijendel at around 22:15 after photographing flowering Common hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna). Suddenly I became aware of tiny movements among the tree crowns, the sounds of little wings beating fast. Like tiny helicopters there where hundreds of common cockchafers (Melolontha melolontha) buzzing about, flying from flower to flower. They were everywhere and the normally silent woods came alive with their presence, a truly magical sight!

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