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Birds do it, bees do it...

Monday, 8th July 2019

When Ella Fitzgerald used her 'impeccable diction' to smoothly announce that 'birds do it, bees do it...' she probably wasn't thinking about this wildlife video I shot on my iPhone; however, isn't it just the bee's knees?

I hope you won't mind me sharing this intimate and rarely seen moment involving two bumblebees mating. After all, the world needs more Bumblebees.
I've been helping people connect with nature for almost twenty years, but I've never seen mating bumblebees and I have my pet cockapoo to thank as he noticed them first.
My dog's more observant than me and he's always on the lookout for anything that could potentially pilfer one of his bones (which includes in his mind, anything larger than a fly). What on earth was he staring at?! As I got closer, I could immediately see. I didn't know whether to cover his eyes - it all seemed a little intrusive. All I could think about was Frankie Howerd saying 'Oo, er, missus!' Should I walk away, I thought, or… should I share it with Haith's blog readers?
Luckily, I had my iPhone primed and ready to record because this past weekend I was in search of wildlife to film, and that's what I was doing (filming nature) when I left the relative safety of the kitchen in search of something cool to record for this week's blog. I'd just enjoyed a successful attempt at attaching my iPhone to a bird feeder and filmed this. It was then that I noticed Bertie, my dog, engrossed in something at ground level - something a little smaller and (clearing throat) more intimate. I think the video speaks for itself, but its most important message is perhaps that we're all so busy with the daily routine that we forget, or don't even notice, how truly amazing nature is.

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