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Flora and Fauna

Mary Fletcher | Two Tulips

Two Tulips

Two unusually coloured tulips, focus on the front one and a painterly effect added
Mary Fletcher | Female Barn Owl

Female Barn Owl

These small owls are beautiful with their heart shaped faces. They are renowned for their hunting skills which involve a totally silent flight so their prey can't hear them coming.
Mary Fletcher | Wild Garlic

Wild Garlic

Wild garlic or ramsoms are a pleasing sight in British woodlands, producing a haze of white flowers from April to June. The leaves are edible and add a garlic flavour to salads.
Mary Fletcher | Forest Kingfisher

Forest Kingfisher

The forest kingfisher is also known as the Macleay's or blue kingfisher. It is a predominantly blue and white bird and is found in Indonesia, New Guinea and coastal Australia and Singapore. Like many other kingfishers, it hunts invertebrates and small frogs and lizards.
Mary Fletcher |  Barn Owl

Barn Owl

The barn owl is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds. The face is characteristically heart-shaped and its flight is totally silent making this bird a wonderful hunter.
Mary Fletcher | Sunflower

Sunflower

A magnicfently tall sunflower growing in the garden against a blue, blue sky! A great sign of summer!
Mary Fletcher | Sunny Sunflower (Helianthus)

Sunny Sunflower (Helianthus)

Sunflowers say “summer” like no other plant. Heliotropic, they direct their growth in response to sunlight! Native to North America, sunflowers are heat-tolerant, resistant to pests, and beautiful. You can even harvest them for seed.
Mary Fletcher | Barn Owl

Barn Owl

With heart-shaped face, buff back and wings and pure white underparts, the barn owl is a distinctive and much-loved countryside bird. Widely distributed across the UK, and indeed the world.
Mary Fletcher | Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

The UKs favourite bird - with its bright red breast it is familar throughout the year and especially at Christmas! Males and females look identical, and young birds have no red breast and are spotted with golden brown. Robins sing nearly all year round and despite their cute appearance, they are aggressively territorial and are quick to drive away intruders. They will sing at night next to street lights.
Mary Fletcher | Togetherness

Togetherness

Two gulls floating on a velvety calm sea on the North coast of Cornwall.
Mary Fletcher | Two Gulls

Two Gulls

These two gulls were taken at sea on a very calm day on the North coast of Cornwall. The sea is as it was and has a wonderful velvety feeling.
Mary Fletcher | Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

The peregrine is a large and powerful falcon. It has long, broad, pointed wings and a relatively short tail. It is swift and agile in flight, chasing prey. The strongholds of the breeding birds in the UK are the uplands of the north and west and rocky seacoasts. Peregrines have suffered illegal killing from gamekeepers and landowners, and been a target for egg collectors, but better legal protection and control of pesticides (which indirectly poisoned birds) have helped the population to recover.
Mary Fletcher | Long Eared Owl (Asio otus)

Long Eared Owl (Asio otus)

The long-eared owl is medium-sized owl, smaller in size than a woodpigeon. It often looks long and thin, with head feathers (known as ear tufts even though they are not ears) which it raises when alarmed. It is buff-brown with darker brown streaks, and deep orange eyes. It breeds thinly across the UK with fewer birds in the south-west and Wales. Northern birds migrate southwards, including birds from Europe coming to spend the winter in the UK.
Mary Fletcher | Sparrow Hawk

Sparrow Hawk

The American Kestrel, sometimes colloquially known as the Sparrow Hawk, is a small falcon, and the only kestrel found in the Americas. It is the most common falcon in North America, and is found in a wide variety of habitats. At 19–21 centimeters (7–8 in) long, it is also the smallest falcon in North America. It exhibits sexual dimorphism in size and plumage, although both sexes have a rufous back with noticeable barring. Juveniles are similar in plumage to adults.
Mary Fletcher | Hawk

Hawk

Hawks have always been known to have sharp vision and to be very able hunters. Within the hawk species, the female is generally larger than the male.
Mary Fletcher | Long Eared Owl (Asio otus)

Long Eared Owl (Asio otus)

The long-eared owl is medium-sized owl, smaller in size than a woodpigeon. It often looks long and thin, with head feathers (known as ear tufts even though they are not ears) which it raises when alarmed. It is buff-brown with darker brown streaks, and deep orange eyes. It breeds thinly across the UK with fewer birds in the south-west and Wales. Northern birds migrate southwards, including birds from Europe coming to spend the winter in the UK.
Mary Fletcher | Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl

A great grey owl in flight. The great grey owl is one of the largest owls in the world, and the largest to live in the northern hemisphere. Their scientific name comes from the Greek ‘strizo’, meaning to screech, and the Latin ‘nebulosa’, meaning dark or clouded, referring to their grey colouration.
Mary Fletcher | Great Grey Owl

Great Grey Owl

The great grey owl is one of the largest owls in the world, and the largest to live in the northern hemisphere. Their scientific name comes from the Greek ‘strizo’, meaning to screech, and the Latin ‘nebulosa’, meaning dark or clouded, referring to their grey colouration. THIS IMAGE IS AVAILBALE IN SQUARE FORMAT
Mary Fletcher | Ashy-faced Owl

Ashy-faced Owl

The Ashy-faced Owl is endemic to the island of Hispaniola, and is one of just two barn-owls present in the New World. It resembles the widespread Barn Owl , which colonized Hispaniola in the 1970's, but is much darker overall, with a gray face. The Ashy-faced Owl shares many behavioral traits with the Barn Owl, hunting for small mammals in open areas at night and nesting in hollow trees, caves, and man-made structures.
Mary Fletcher | Male Pheasant

Male Pheasant

Pheasants are large, long-tailed gamebirds. The males have rich chestnut, golden-brown and black markings on their bodies and tails, with a dark green head and red face wattling. They were introduced to the UK long ago and more recent introductions have brought in a variety of races and breeds for sport shooting.
Mary Fletcher | Purple Tulip

Purple Tulip

A simple purple tulip with dew drops enhancing the petals
Mary Fletcher | Eagle Owl

Eagle Owl

The Eastern Siberian Eagle Owl is an endangered species of owl. It is a large bird capable of catching small deer and foxes for food.
Mary Fletcher | Falcon

Falcon

Falcons are medium sized birds of prey found all across the world although falcons tend to prefer the more temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Falcons are best known for their ruthlessnes...
Mary Fletcher | Harris's Hawk

Harris's Hawk

A handsome hawk of the arid Southwest, Harris's Hawk is a standout with bold markings of dark brown, chestnut red, and white; long yellow legs; and yellow markings on its face. The most social of North American raptors, these birds cooperate at nests and hunt together as a team. When hunting, a group of hawks surround their prey, flush it for another to catch, or take turns chasing it. This hawk's social nature and relative ease with humans has made it popular among falconers and in education programs.
Mary Fletcher | Magnolia Bud

Magnolia Bud

Magnolias are trees or shrubs with astonishing goblet- or star-shaped flowers that are admired icons of spring and summer. They are very successful in the temperate climate of Cornwall.