In the Middle of the Forest
Thank you for all of your likes, comments and features on my previous shot! I really appreciate that! This shot may look kind of unspectacular but I really like the light and the 'jungle' feeling 🙃
Cosmos flowers are a beautiful reminder of a special time of the year! How stunning is this photo? #cosmos#specialtimes#nature_perfection#Repost @southafricaza
Cosmos by @louwlemmer 😍 he's pics are incredible :) @louwlemmer
Anna's hummingbird • Another shot of this female anna's hummingbird bringing food to the young. The chicks are both still alive and have left the nest now. It was an incredible privilege to watch the family over the course of few weeks.
The grey squirrel has become a common sight in parks and urban spaces throughout the UK despite not being a native species. The grey squirrel originally was only found in north America, where it lived in forests and woodland areas. They were introduced to the UK during the turn of the 20th century and quickly settled, displacing the native red squirrel. There success has been due in part to the lack of any natural predators. Save for the European pine marten, which is now an extremely uncommon species in itself, the grey squirrel has no predators to help control it's rapid population growth and it's large numbers have led to many classing the species as a pest.
In part I agree with this assumption; after all, the grey squirrel almost drove it's red-coloured counterpart to extinction. However at the same time, the grey squirrel is only here due to human introduction and it's population explosion happened due to a poor understanding of animal conservation in the past. Nowadays, schemes to reintroduce species take a great amount of planning and forethought - take the current scheme to add lynx's back into Scotland or the recent push to reintroduce red kites in and around London.
For now, some might view the grey squirrel as a pest but in my view they have become a huge part of our countries natural environment - and they are certainly fun to photograph thanks to their inquisitive nature!