Yesterday morning I was on my regular foray through the Wilderness looking for fungi and slime moulds, when I noticed several largish flies buzzing around in a sunny clearing between the trees. Occasionally they would settle on a dead leaf on the ground to sun themselves. After photographing static fungi through the winter, I had to relearn the technique for photographing insects: take off my white sun-hat to make myself less conspicuous, start taking photos from long-range, and slowly creep closer taking photos all the time.
Both of the flies shown here are male: their eyes meet on the tops of their heads. In females the eyes are well separated.
Photos taken in the Wilderness, Whiteknights Park, Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on 2010-04-09.