Nature Walk in Lloyd Park Croydon

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Iggy
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Nature Walk in Lloyd Park Croydon

Postby Iggy » Mon 09 Jul 2018, 21:55

As I am due to lead a nature walk for Friends of Lloyd Park in Lloyd Park Croydon this Sunday 10 am to noon, I thought that it would be wise to do some reconnaissance of the park this morning.
The sun was beating down fiercly, but at least I was able to use the adjoining car park.
At the cafe, I asked where the pond was and headed towards it to get out of the sun into the shady areas.
Fortunately, among the meadows and wild flowers there was lots of insect life, but getting a photograph was always going to be difficult.
I did capture a few images.
An hour and a half into the walk, having stayed longer than I had planned, I saw a wide bank of mauve flowers against a line of trees.
In the first group of flowers, I noticed that a white spider (Misumena vatia) was feeding on a bee that it had captured. There was a small swarm of fruit flies causing a nuisance.
I ignored the brambles ans stinging nettles and stayed around shooting for some 10 minutes trying to get some clear shots of spider and prey.
My luck was in. A wasp turned up to liven up the action and finally stole the prey.
I kept shooting with my trusty, hand-held Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 without flash.
Here are a few shots of an exciting encounter in the park that most people never see!
Scaled up, I guess its equivalent to a cheetah taking down a gazelle and then being robbed by a lion.
I must not let my imagination run away!!
Iggy
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Iggy
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Re: Nature Walk in Lloyd Park Croydon

Postby Iggy » Mon 09 Jul 2018, 21:59

A couple more images to finish the story.
Wasp flies off with the bee. Spider survives unharmed to hunt again!
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Iggy
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Re: Nature Walk in Lloyd Park Croydon

Postby Iggy » Thu 12 Jul 2018, 18:05

Here are a few more details:
The spider was slightly smaller than one cm wide, not counting legs. Bee and wasp less than 2 cm long.
To capture the story sequence with the 5 shots, I took 103 images in 10 mins. The wasp flew around the spider and bee a couple of times before settling for a few seconds on the bee. Was fortunate to get that part of the sequence as it only lasted some 10 seconds or so.
By then I had my eye in.
Iggy

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