Highlight for me today was the impressive appearance of Small Coppers! They were not particularly confiding but one or two posed nicely and with the sun shining the coppery sheen on some was amazing!
Thursday, 6 May 2021
A second visit of the year to Llanymynech rocks and after a slow start, the Skippers kept a coming..
Grizzled Skippers with some beginning to display wear and tear.
Sunday, 25 April 2021
With at least 3 Grasshopper Warblers and a pair of Hobby for starters, the main focus for the day came in the form of Green Tiger Beetles (Cicindela campestris). I've seen them before but never stuck it out to get a half decent image or two? Luckily I had my 100-400mm zoom lens with me. There were so many opportunities to be had, lying on the path at Whxall Moss, it was hard to ignore them!
At first I was content to simply to watch them scuttling past...
Friday, 23 April 2021
A morning session at VP nearly became a wasted few hours courtesy of a singing Lesser Whitethroat! I say that as he most have covered 200m of the roadside and arable field hedgerow before I even got a glimpse!
This was by comparison 'showing well' as it strived to put plenty of twigs and branches in between us!
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Turned out have a green connection today. A Green Woodpecker decided to show half decent but of course, never close enough!
Saturday, 17 April 2021
Almost to the day, in glorious sunshine a trip to Wildmoor Pool with Dave Chapman was in the offing and with Emperor moths being reported everywhere, hopes were high...
First off were some obliging local birds starting with Meadow Pipit...
And yes, Emperor Moths came to the part, all these were taken in flight so unlike the 2018 visit, all four eyes were visible!
Thursday, 15 April 2021
I spent an hour or two trying to capture the Bee-flies in flight today and most of the time, even if they seem to have landed, they were hovering next to the flower. With the Ipheion plants going over, Aubrieta took over as the number one source of nectar...
They have no doubt been in the garden for many years, it's so easy to overlook the amazing insects all around us?!