Epping Forest - New Year, New Lens.

by Christian Moss February. 20, 2018 1794 views
Gnarly Tree - Long Running.

Gnarly Tree - Long Running.

The conservation work on Long Running looks great.

The works are to increase the heathland & encourage other wildlife.

Ambresbury Banks - Epping Forest.

Ambresbury Banks - Epping Forest.

An Iron Age hillfort situated at the highest point of the forest (116 m above sea level).

Snowdrops.

Snowdrops.

Snowdrops flower between January and March, often appearing en masse and creating a characteristic ‘white blanket’ coverage. The species has long been associated with winter – the latin name, Galanthus nivalis, literally translates as ‘milk flower of the snow’.

Small Tortoiseshell - Epping Forest.

Small Tortoiseshell - Epping Forest.

My first of the year seen Feb 17th.
A wonderful sight :^)

Local Crocus

Local Crocus

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Wanstead Park Toad.

Wanstead Park Toad.

The not so common Toad.

Toad numbers have fallen by more than two-thirds in 30 years. Very sad.

Ambresbury Banks - Epping Forest.

Ambresbury Banks - Epping Forest.

A local myth suggested it was the camp of Iceni Queen Boadicea.

Egyptian Goose - Perch Pond.

Egyptian Goose - Perch Pond.

Related to the shelduck.

It was introduced as an ornamental wildfowl species and has escaped into the wild, now successfully breeding in a feral state.

A dusting of snow.

A dusting of snow.

My landscape photography has always been poor.

I've just invested in a canon 24-70f4 EF IS USM lens.

Hopefully things will improve.

Wanstead Park Swan.

Wanstead Park Swan.

Ancient Woodland.

Ancient Woodland.

Snowy Hatgate Plain.

Snowy Hatgate Plain.

I witnessed a female Goshawk predate a rabbit at this location a few years ago.

Absolutely spectacular, especially when she flew off holding her catch.

Ancient Woodland.

Ancient Woodland.

Snowdrops.

Snowdrops.

Perch Pond Swan.

Perch Pond Swan.

Common Toad.

Common Toad.

Still cold.

Still cold.

Dunsmead Hollow.

Dunsmead Hollow.

Another fantastic location within the forest (not captured very well).

The beauty of this place is that not many people visit.

It has little patches of heather where common lizards seem to thrive.

You always see fallow deer resting up.

I used to see a Tawney Owl here a lot but not recently.

The icing on the cake though has to be the Goshawk nest. A pair of Goshawks made this their home for a few years and even managed to fledge some young after the second year of trying.

They have since moved on.

I always smile when I walk under their huge empty nest or past the plucking posts.

It's amazing what you see in this place considering it's proximity to London.

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago

Wonderful series, as always!

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Christian Moss Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 4 months ago
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Jay Boggess Replied to Christian Moss 2 years, 4 months ago

Always a pleasure!
:=D
Cheers!

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