Saturday, July 26, 2014

Bedstraw Hawkmoth

Perhaps this is not the rarest of moths but it's not exactly common and when I had one in the garden moth trap 9 years ago it caused enough interest for a couple of people to come and take a look.

So it was a bit of a surprise when this was spotted on the roof of a tent at a big family camping do at Salhouse on the Norfolk Broads.

Bedstraw Hawkmoth Hyles gallii
Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Chacombe Damsels

This year wildlife has taken a bit more of a back seat as we've been enjoying a series of brilliant music festivals. And it's on a very hot walk from our campsite to the Chacombebury Festival near Banbury that we came across these. There were also more Marbled White butterflies in the fields here than I've ever seen before but they were very active and I didn't get any suitable photos.

The way these pairs of White-legged Damsels sit while laying eggs is very distinctive.

White-legged Damselfly Platycnemis pennipes

Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Back to Broadway

The Broadway Cemetery conservation area looking very nice at the moment. Mainly common insects but some reasonable photos.

Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum

Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis f. succinea

Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum

Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum

Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina

Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus

White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda, larva

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Monday, May 26, 2014

Peak District Wildife

A weekend camping in the van near Lathkill Dale in some rather poor weather. However it did clear in the late afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday so we got out for walks in the Dale on Saturday and at Bolehill Wood and Quarry (at Padley) on Sunday. The Dipper and lepidoptera were at Lathkill Dale and the Woodpecker nest and Pied Flycatcher were in Bolehill Wood along with Spotted Flycatcher and other woodland birds. Redstarts were fairly common in both places. The Mandarin was in the grounds of Padley Chapel.

Dipper Cinclus cinclus, Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major & Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca

Mandarin Aix galericulata, female

Dipper Cinclus cinclus

Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages

Clouded Magpie Abraxas sylvata

Speckled Yellow Pseudopanthera macularia

Pyrausta cingulata

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Gannets and Puffins

A couple of videos from a visit to Bempton Cliffs RSPB reserve. Huge numbers of common seabirds (except Fulmar, which were oddly scarce) going about the, occasionally violent, business of breeding. The continual noise from the Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Razorbills and Gannets provides the backing track.

The reserve is also blessed with many Tree Sparrows around the fields along with a few Corn Buntings.

Look out for the crafty Guillemot towards the end of the Gannet fight in the first video.

Gannets Morus bassanus

Puffin Fratercula arctica

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Friday, April 25, 2014

Dotterel, Blackbush

Hugh Wright found these first thing today. A nice trip of 3 birds, 2 more colourful females and one rather duller bird. This particular field has a strange attraction for the birds and among several previous occurrences was a bird I found here 6 years ago almost to the day.

Dotterel Charadrius morinellus

Canon Powershot SX50 HS

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Brambling, Ferry Meadows

One of two males seen at Ferry Meadows this morning. The other was a rather brighter summer individual.

Brambling Fringilla montifringilla

Canon Powershot SX50 HS