Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Starlings hawking St Marks fly

The near return of typical May temperatures has seen a big increase in insects on the wing. Amongst the Swallows and House Martins over the garden, the Starlings, with hungry chicks to feed, are every bit as adept at taking insects on the wing as their more aerial and exotic cousins. The insects they're hawking are clearly visible as they drift haplessly across the garden at tree top level. I believe that they're are catching mostly St Marks fly, a medium sized all black insect usually on the wing in swarms at the begining of May.


Wilma said...

Beautiful series.

Clare Gillatt said...

how have you done the 2nd photo?