Monday, May 31, 2004

Otter Holt

While canoeing on a quiet stretch of river on the Norfolk Broads one evening we were lucky enough to come across an Otter swimming along in front of us. Our second Otter this year after one in Scotland. I didn't get any pictures of it but we did find a holt in a different area.

Nikon CP995.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Great Crested Grebe

Snapped from a boat while on holiday on the Norfolk Broads near Irstead.

Nikon CP995.

Courting Coot

I've never noticed this before. This pair performed this slow bowing dance many times. It is difficult to portray in a photograph but hopefully this gives an idea of what is going on.

Common Coot (Fulica atra)

Nikon CP995.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Froghopper and Beetle

This is a highly distinctive and striking froggy going by the name of Cercopis vulnerata. Found during a succesful daytime lepping trip to Old Sulehay Quarry where Dingy and Grizzled Skippers were showing well.

Thanks to the good folk on the British Insects YahooGroup forum for pointing me at the ID for this beetle: Oedemera lurida.

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Teneral Four-spotted Chaser

This was a bit of luck. It was disturbed from dense undergrowth (otherwise known as the footpath from Stonebridge Corner to Prior's Fen) and being fairly recently emerged wasn't up to much flying making this shot possible.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Old Sulehay Leps

Another highly successful lunchtime outing to Old Sulehay Stonepit Quarry, where several Dungy and Grizzled Skippers and a Green Haristreak showed very well.

Friday, May 07, 2004

Daytime Tawny Owl

A quick check for Little Owls at a regular spot along the Billing Brook near Haddon I came across this chap. He didn't sit out in th open for long but managed a quick snap.

Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)

Nikon CP995