Wildlife Moments in 2018.

Its December everyone! Is it to early to do a bit of a round-up post?? 2018 has been a pretty good year for spotting wildlife I’ve never seen before. I glimpsed my first Gannets plunging into the ocean for fish off Skye, my first Stonechats darting between fence posts and gorse bushes in Ravenglass and my first Great Crested Grebes fishing in the lagoon at Hodbarrow Nature Reserve. I witnessed my first Eider Ducks bobbing along an aquamarine blue sea in the Outer Hebrides and watched for the first time, wild otters swimming and playing in a sheltered cove there.

And this year I have tried to identify and record every flower, mammal, bird, butterfly and moth I have come across whilst out and about , in a Nature Diary. Doing this has definitely got me busy looking up everything in my often neglected wildlife guides. My diary has gotten quite full, though I know there are still so many plants and animals, that I haven’t had the pleasure of viewing in our beautiful British Isles.

Here are just a few photos of some of the wildlife I have managed to capture on camera this year. πŸ™‚

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Great Crested Grebe fishing whilst sporting winter plumage ~ Hodbarrow Nature Reserve, Haverigg, Cumbria.
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Hugo amongst Sea Lavender in Heysham, Lancashire.
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Hedgehog wandering up a woodland path, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales.
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Underneath the Umbels, Clitheroe, Lancashire.
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Red Grouse, Great Stone of Four stones, Bentham, Lancashire.
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Small Heath Butterfly, Askham Fell, Cumbria.
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Compass Jellyfish on the beach, North Uist, Outer Hebrides.
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Common Seal, Isle of Bernerey, Outer Hebrides.
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Pretty Linnet, Askham Fell, Cumbria.
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Female Red Deer, North Uist.
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Blooming Heather on North Uist.
Swallow-tailed Moth, Salthill Nature Reserve in Clitheroe.
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Common Spotted Orchids in the Wildflower meadow, Gisburn Forest, Lancashire.
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One of the Otters we saw on North Uist. πŸ™‚
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Corn Buntings, North Uist.
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Sea Holly, Crosby Beach, Merseyside.
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Painted Lady, Salthill Nature Reserve, Clitheroe.
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Bugles near Derwentwater, Cumbria.
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Dipper, Stridd Wood, Bolton Abbey.
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Skylark with lunch, Askham Fell, Cumbria.

Hope you enjoyed the photos.

What are your own favourite wildlife moments of 2018?

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21 thoughts on “Wildlife Moments in 2018.”

    1. That’s a lovely thing to say, but no. I’m definitely a point and press person when it comes to cameras. I should be patient and learn properly . πŸ˜‰ Lol. X

    1. I know, it really has! I love sea holly. I always feel happy when I see it. I once bought a sea holly for my back yard after being told it was impossible to kill. I won’t tell you the sad ending to that story. 😦

  1. What a wonderful collection of wildlife you have spotted on your travels this year. I’ll do a similar post in a few weeks time. I can’t believe this year is almost ended. It’s gone so fast!! Fab pictures. Have loved following you on your travels this year xx

  2. What a lovely collection of photos, great to look back on, lots of nice moments in there.

    I don’t feel I’ve had many wildlife moments this year, I don’t feel I’ve been outside a lot, it feels like it’s been a non stop busy kind of year, one thing after another, but we did get great views of the dolphins in Cornwall and I had a lovely moment not so long ago with a roe deer in the woods.

    1. I know you have been extremely busy!
      But you have a lovely new place to show for it.
      I remember your deer moment. So magical. And it’s always wonderful to see 🐬 dolphins. X

  3. Gorgeous pictures! What a lovely year in wildlife you’ve had. This year, I started feeding birds in the garden for the first time and I love what I get to see there. (Don’t even mind the fat pigeon who sits around waiting for others to do the work on the fat balls.)

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