I have always been passionate about wildlife and conservation and when not photographing people I can often be found out in the countryside and on nature reserves. Though we have of course lost species, we are lucky to still have such a diversity of birds, butterflies and insects in the British countryside. Many species are still under threat, but it is heartening to have met so many like minded people when out and about photographing the natural world.

You can contact me on 07866 316577 or via e-mail at info@mauricephotos.co.uk


Some wildlife links:
Michael Flowers birdwatching classes and walks
Yorkshire Butterfly Conservation
Yorkshire Dragonflies
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Yorkshire Nature Triangle
Yorkshire Mammal Group
East Yorkshire Birding Forum
Tophill Low Nature Reserve
Yorkshire Red Kites
North Cave Wetlands Nature Reserve
The Wild Bird Cafe - North Cave Wetlands
Paull Holme Strays sightings
Potteric Carr Nature Reserve
Hull Valley Wildlife Group
Spurn Bird Observatory
Mike Robinson Bird Photos
Vince Cowell Photography
Steve Mulligan Bird Photography
David Ware - Wolds Birding
Paul Ashton East Yorkshire Wildlife
Wold Ranger
Beetle Boy's Bio Blog
Rory Selvey (age 13) Wildlife Photography
Kill the Badger Cull
The Brown Hairstreak Blog
Africa Gomez Bugblog
Zilch - eliminating litter
Keep Britain Tidy

Next Photo Event dates to be announced...

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Its Darter Time...

I do look forward to the Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) emergence. They always seem to have (albeit from a very human point of view) a smile on their faces and will be on the wing maybe even into November. Yellow female and red male at North Cave Wetlands. Also a cousin, the Red-veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) a male taken on holiday in Corsica a week or so ago. Note the blue eyes. The Red-veined females are also yellow.
Female Common Darter
 Male Common Darter
 Male Red-veined Darter

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Yorkshire Butterflies

Female Meadow Brown on Common Spotted Orchid

Some Butterflies in the sunshine which has finally arrived.  Marbled Whites and Meadow Brown at YWT Wharram Quarry and Small-Pearl Bordered Fritillary at YWT Fen Bog. Wharram quarry alive with butterflies, orchids and wild flowers at this time of year. Shame about the farmer outside the reserve mowing all the roadside verges! Why oh why........

 Marbled Whites

 Orchids in Wharram Quary

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Bee Orchid

Everyone likes a Bee orchid, this one at North Cave Wetlands.  Last year seems to have been a good year for them and this year not so bad. Their appearance does seem a bit random though. For instance, at Yorkshire Water's Tophill Low reserve 199 plants were recorded last year, but only 6 this year!

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Dragons and Damsels at North Cave Wetlands

Male Emperor patrolling his Empire

A good variety of dragons and damselflies on the wing at the wetlands at the moment. My favourite the male Emperors are patrolling their ponds. We don't get many Emerald Damsels but always nice to see them. The Red-eyed Damsels are proving elusive. They don't like to leave the water's edge and  I am finding it difficult to bring the macro to bear on them and the telephoto doen't really cut it with such small subjects. First time I have seen the blotchy winged Praenubila form of the Four-spotted Chaser. Also in flight a male Black-tailed skimmer.

Praenubila male Four-spotted Chaser

Male Emperor
  Male Emperor in flight above and below

 Female Emerald Damselfly below

 Female Blue-tailed Damselfly - rufescens form

Male Black-tailed Skimmer

Red-eyed Damselfly male - pics hopefully to be improved upon!

Monday, 15 June 2015

Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)

Easier to photograph in cooler conditions. Photos showing a female of the blue form at North Cave Wetlands.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Common Blue butterfly ( Polyommatus icarus )

male underside

Common Blues starting to appear in reasonable numbers now at North Cave Wetlands. Females at some colonies are very brown. The females at North Cave seem on the whole to be quite bright and blue.



two males differing in size

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Brown Argus ( Aricia agestis )

Common Blues starting to emerge at North Cave Wetlands with the odd smaller Brown Argus amongst them. This one has a slightly damaged wing.