David got home from cycling yesterday to find a female green woodpecker feeding on ants on his lawn.  Luckily it gave him time to open the patio doors and get his telephoto lens ready to get a few low-angle pics before it flew off. 
You can tell this is a female because she has a solid black moustache.
David set a moth trap last night to see if he could catch some of the special species of autumn.  Here is a November moth (you'll never guess why it got its name!)
David's latest article, on how to attract mammals to your garden, has just been published on Nature TTL, see it here:

The autumn season continues to provide a profusion of fantastic fungi.  This is a 'golden coral fungus'.
In an attempt to look for some autumnal scenes David visited a couple of his favourite locations near Truro when high tide coincided with sunrise.  These photos show the pretty hamlet of St Clement and Truro Cathedral from Boscawen Park.
David had a day out with friends at Golitha Falls, on his way he visited Lerryn just after dawn timing his visit to coincide with a high tide.  Here are a few pics including one of a turkey tail fungus at Golitha.
There are plenty of fungi around at the moment, must be the mild, wet weather!  These are common white saddle fungi.
Below are a couple of photos taken at Porthleven yesterday.  The sea wasn't as rough as it can be and the tide not as high but the light was lovely and there were some big waves.  Quite a lot of people there watching as well!
David has just been photographing an ichneumon wasp.  This incredible insect is a female using her ovipositor to lay her eggs in a larva deep inside the log.  She is a parasitic insect, some 9 cm long, it's a scary thought!
David has just been interviewed for Nature TTL.  The picture to the left, of a swallow in flight, is used in the interview.  Follow this link to see the interview and the photos:



Look out for David's photo on the cover of Cornwall Life, October.  He took this photo from a remote island between Tresco and St Martin's on The Scillies last September when he and Sarah kayaked from St Mary's.  Looks can be deceiving, it looks idyllic weather but it was quite windy and the sea between St Mary's and Tresco was quite choppy!
On the way back from North Wales David and Sarah stayed on Exmoor near Porlock.  Below are two photos of Porlock Weir, one of a packhorse bridge on the Horner Water and one of Dunkerry Beacon from Horner Wood.
David and Sarah have just had a few weeks away in their motorhome.  David has been writing about travel in a few areas for a magazine.  One of those areas was the valley of the Afon Conwy in North Wales, from Llandudno to Betws-y-coed. 
Below are photos of Conwy Castle (2); Bodnant Garden (National Trust); The Afon Conwy near Betws-y-coed; The Pont-y-pair bridge in Betws-y-coed and the Afon Conwy flowing through The Fairy Glen near Betws-y-coed.
There are a lot of red admirals and small tortoiseshells around at the moment.  David has attracted some red admirals to come and get drunk on rotting fruit.  They love it but they do seem to get into an oblivious state of stupor!
David found a cluster of chanterelle mushrooms growing on a roadside verge today, here are three of them.
The heathland flowers are now looking beautiful around the coast of Cornwall.  Below are photos taken at Land's End, showing the First and Last House, and Levant.  Both photos show heather and bell heather; the heathland at Land's End also has western gorse.
David's puss moth larvae have now all formed pupae and will remain there until next spring.  Below you see a sequence of photos from top left: a very early stage of a larva; a fully grown larva; the cocoon that the larva makes when it pupates (Can you spot this?); finally an adult puss moth.
David and Sarah have just had a week away in Hampshire.  David was writing about wildlife in the area for a motorhome magazine.  This involves visiting nature reserves and photographing the landscapes and the wildlife.  Photographing nature reserves can be quite tricky because many are not necesssarily photogenic, they tend to be quite scruffy, disorderly places!  Anyway David was up and about at 5am most mornings and did his best to use the best available light, here are four photos from the trip showing: Magdalen Hill (Butterfly Conservation site near Winchester); Broughton Down (Hants and IOW Wildlife Trust); a chalkhill blue butterfly roosting on harebells (the main target species for David) and Martin Down (National Nature Reserve).
David's latest article for Nature TTL has just been published.  This is about how to photograph moths, to read this article follow this link: https://www.naturettl.com/how-to-photograph-moths/
Below are two very different photos taken in the last few days.  To the left is a photo taken of the arable fields at Boscregan Farm, near St Just.  The flowers are mostly purple viper's bugloss and corn marigolds and in the distance you can see Sennen Cove.  To the right is a photo taken in David's garden.  The rabbits enjoy grazing on the weeds taken out of the flowerbeds, particularly the bindweed which would be useful if they could be trusted only to take the bindweed!
David has two families of woodpeckers spending much of their time around his land.  Both have two young.  One is the great spotted family, photographed a few weeks ago, the other is a green woodpecker family.  Below right are the two youngsters born this spring.
Below left is one of the puss moth larvae that David is raising.  This is very small, about 8 mm long.  It has just shed its skin for the first time and is seen in the process of eating its previous skin.  The two dark prongs is the skin which once covered its forked tail.  This photograph was taken with a special lens, the Canon MPE65, which allows for ultra macro images.
David has been encouraging orange-tip butterflies by planting their favourite food plants: garlic mustard and lady's smock.  As a result he had several caterpillars this spring some of which he raised in captivity.  The purpose of this was to allow him to find one of their chrysalises, which are notoriously difficult to find.  Below you see a chrysalis and a female orange-tip butterfly.
David's latest article for Nature TTL has just been published.  This one is about photographing heathland flowers:
The photograph, right, shows Cornish heath, an endemic species found only on The Lizard.
Below are a couple of photos that David has taken in his garden over the last few days.  The young blackbird had a real struggle to swallow this large cherry.  On the right a female house sparrow takes a bath in a new bird bath that David has set up specially to photograph the birds.  We need a bit more hot sunny weather for this project.
Saturday was a lovely day with light winds and some sunshine at dawn.  David had invited a couple of friends round to photograph moths and was relieved and delighted to find a trap bulging with beauties.  The best catch of the year so far including some eyed-hawkmoths (left below) and burnished brass moths (below right).
Below are a couple of photos from a session spent with two young great spotted woodpeckers and their mother.  On the left is one of the youngsters.  On the right is a shot of the mother but look carefully and you will also see a young one.  When young the great spotted woodpecker has a red crown.
Below are a couple of photos taken this week.  On the left is an elephant hawkmoth on ox-eye daisies.  To the right is a grey squirrel reaching across to grab the seed feeder in David's garden.  David photographed this while photographing young great spotted woodpeckers....more on those in a day or two.
The mallow is now in flower on David's meadow.  Here are two photos of it, one with a poplar hawkmoth.
An evening at Zennor, David walked up the hill photographing flowers along the way.  Below are: greater stitchwort among bluebells; cuckoo spit on cow parsley; cow parsley and finally a sunset from the summit of Zennor Hill.
David has been working on a few photographic projects in his garden.  Top row below are a male greenfinch drinking and a robin bathing in the bird bath.  Below that to the left is a common carder bee flying in to feed on a foxglove flower.  To the right is a ruby-tailed wasp.  This insect lays its eggs in the same hole as a mason bee egg and when its larva hatches it feeds on the larvae of the mason bee and the pollen collected by the adult mason bee for its larva.  It is a very small insect but incredibly brightly coloured!
Now here's a rare event.  On Tuesday David went out for an evening of photography.  He chose Gurnard's Head with good friend Malcolm Bishop.  The two views below were taken from Porthmeor Point, the first shows the view west towards Pendeen Watch and the second is of Gurnard's Head.  The flowers include oxeye daisies, sheep'sbit scabious, thrift, sea campion and English stonecrop. 
Saturday the 16th of May was Sarah's birthday.  David bought her a selection of bee-focussed products, because Sarah loves bees.  He also made her a bee house comprising of bricks, blocks, wood and canes, all with holes which can be used by mason bees.  Within hours of putting the insect house in place the mason bees were flying in to lay eggs, leave pollen and seal their cells with mud.  Here you see one flying to its bamboo home with mud.
David has been taking photos to demonstrate the amazing camouflage of moths.  Below are peppered moth (top left); great prominent (top right); buff-tip (bottom left) and for contrast a close up of a crow's feather complete with water droplets after a splash of rain.
If you pick up a copy of the May issue of BBC Wildlife magazine you will see this photo of a nightingale by David on a double page spread.  This photo was taken in Suffolk a few years ago.  There is also a photograph of hemlock water dropwort by David in the same magazine.
Here are a couple of images captured in the last few days.  On the left is a pair of mason bees mating (David has encouraged these bees by providing thermal blocks with holes drilled in them) and on the right is an image of May blossom (hawthorn).
Over the last few days David has been putting out wool to encourage birds to collect it for nesting material.  There have been blue tits, house sparrows, jackdaws and, most often, goldfinches.  Here are a few pics.
David has seen four common stinkhorns on his smallholding over the last couple of weeks, this seems very early in the year for this distinctive fungus, which is usually found in summer and autumn.  Here is one of them close to a patch of bluebells.  Also below is a male large red damselfly on cotton grass, one of many seen in the last few days.
Below is a selection of pics taken by David over the last couple of days.  First there is another shot of a crab spider on the ceanothus but look carefully and you will see that this one has caught a honey bee, look even closer and you will see that the honey bee has a varroa mite on its back.  I would suggest that having a mite of this size had made it weak and more vulnerable to predation but the other crab spider on the same bush had also caught a honey bee at the same time, this one without a mite.  To the right of this is a bluebell photo taken with a 300mm lens on David and Sarah's smallholding.  Bottom left is their first hawkmoth of the year, a poplar hawkmoth.  Bottom right is a celebration of the fresh green foliage on the trees, this a sweet chestnut.  Spring has sprung, the cuckoo is back on Godolphin Hill, David  & Sarah saw a red kite a couple of days ago and the first broad-bodied chaser of the year was in the garden yesterday.
The ceanothus bush in David and Sarah's garden is looking amazing this spring and has been the focal point of a lot of insect activity.  Below are photographs of a crab spider with prey and a honey bee in flight, notice the bee has full 'pollen baskets'.  David is about to write an article for SAGA about which plants are good for wildlife in gardens.  This will be published in June but until then please keep up with his latest SAGA articles here: https://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/authors/david-chapman
Before Corona Virus really kicked in David and Sarah had a trip to The Maldives.  They wanted to snorkel and see lots of fish and this is the place to go.  David had purchased an underwater hosuing for his Canon 5D with dome ports for the 100mm macro lens and the 16 to 35mm wide angle lens.  Below is a selection of images.  David will be including these, and more, images in some of his talks in the autumn.
From top left: Como Maalifushi (four photos); sheephead parrotfish; five saddle parrotfish; striped triggerfish; hawksbill turtle; longnose parrotfish; sergeant major; mixed fish over reef; oriental garden lizard; two photos of an octopus (these were amazing and were a highlight of the trip!).