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Wildlife in the Garden

Page history last edited by Ann Vipond 4 years, 2 months ago


Here are some photographs I have taken of the Wildlife that can be seen regularly in our garden here at La Goutte.


These pictures were taken using two different cameras:

Sony DSLR-A200 with a two times converter, it is 8 years old and can be used on Manual or on Auto.

Canon point and shoot Ixus 50 purchased in 2005. It has a Digital Power Wide lens 0.45x that can be fitted to it when needed.  It is very useful for close ups and is still going strong.


These pictures have all been cropped, watermarked and washed so they are suitable for the internet.  If I didn’t do that you would not be able to enjoy them, as pictures uploaded from a camera are much too large and for those of us on slow Internets it makes it is very slow loading.

To make them more suitable for the internet I use windows own editor tool to crop them, which reduces its size, making sure I keep the aspect ratio and centre the topic of the picture in the middle, that way it enhances the topic better, it is then saved as a copy of the original, it’s then watermarked and resized usually to around 800x600 or less and then I put the pictures through software that ‘washes’ it by removing surplus pixels, but still retains the quality.

Now it’s ready to be uploaded to the internet.

I am sure there are other ways to achieve the same result, but I have used this method for many years and it works for me, but I am open to other ideas.


Every year these beautiful Jersey Tiger moths (Euplagia quadripunctaria) visit our garden.  They can be found either on the Buddleias or as in this picture the Lavender.

This picture was taken using the Canon Ixus 50 on portrait setting. 'L' (Large) setting original size 3872 x 2592



We get a few of these Swallowtails, Papilionidae, every year and they are truly beautiful.  They lay their eggs in the carrot tops of our vegetable garden.

The swallowtail was taken using the Canon Ixus 50 using Portrait on 'L' original size 2592 x 1944.



Every year we find these attractive Swallowtail caterpillars on the carrot tops in our Vegetable Garden.

The Sony DSLR-A200 was used to take this picture on Manual, Portrait ISO 400 original size 3872 x 2592. 



Another regular visitor to the garden is the Scarce Swallowtail, Iphiclides podalirius, not quite as colourful as the Swallowtail (Papilionidae) but still very beautiful.

Sony DSLR-A200 took this to again using Manual, Portrait ISO 200 original size 3872 x 2592



The Hummingbird Hawk-Moth, Macroglossum stellatarum, is a common visitor to our garden. This picture shows him taking nectar from one of the Buddleias.

Sony DSLR-A200 again using Manual, Portrait ISO 250 original size 3872 x 2592



Grass Snake Natrix nartix This fellow gave me quite a surprise one morning when I went to peg out the washing! He was enjoying the morning sun and very obligingly stayed put while I went and fetched my camera. The Sony took this to on Manual, Portrait ISO 400 Original size 3872 x 2592



This very beautiful Green Lizard Lacerta bilineata  was scuttling down the path very close to our house, which is unusual, as we normally find them in the vegetable garden! He very kindly stopped while I took the photo!

Photo taken with the Canon Ixus 50 Portrait 'L' large setting original size 2592 x 1944



We found this fire salamander Salamandra salamandra  strolling along our patio, we are not sure who was more surprised us or him.  They are poisonous and if ingested it can kill a small dog.

Photo taken with Canon Ixus 50 Portrait 'L' with Flash Original size 2592 x 1944




The Loir gris hibernate all winter and this lovely fellow lives in our garage, but do not be fooled by their cute look! they do untold damage to wiring, furniture, anything in fact that they can build a nest out of!

The Sony DSLR-A200 took this again on Manual Portrait ISO 400 Original size 3872 x 2592



Ann 2019



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