Saturday, 6 August 2022

Venus Pool - Butterflies

I haven't really bothered with Butterflies in the arable field  so far this year, thanks to the unwanted attention from Clegs and Horseflies! Here's a few from a walk there...

Small Copper...


Common Blue (male and female)




Brown Argus






It's never too late to catch up with things!


Venus Pool - Aberrant Meadow Brown ab. alba

Some nice Butterflies about today but this aberrant Meadow Brown was the most interesting? A nice spot by Dave Chapman as we searched in vain for a wayward Clouded Yellow...

To get your eye in, here's a normal Meadow Brown...




And here is ab. alba from today...



The usual tawny patch on the forewings is replaced by white, as seen here front and rear,


Sadly no open upperwing images were possible and eventually after skulking in the depths of the grass it flew into the seed crop and was lost to view...


Never mind, another aberration for the collection :-)

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Venus Pool - Green Sandpiper

 Keeping the flow of waders coming, todays bird is a Green Sandpiper




Must be the warm weather, every bird seems to want to bathe!




And after washing, an obligatory flap to dry off...
 




I'm sure my mini-glut of waders washing will come to an abrupt halt now!

Venus Pool - Little Ringed Plovers

An adult and juvenile Little Ringed Plover dropped in yesterday afternoon and they were still present today.

Here's the adult...



Juvenile


Which decided to have a wash...






Very welcome and wonder where they came from?

Monday, 1 August 2022

Venus Pool - Yellow-legged Gull

Not a lot happening today apart from an influx of gulls: 40+ Black-headed and 25 Lessers plus...wait for it, a Yellow-legged Gull on the middle island. I'll spare you the distant shots, it was all about the take off shots when it flew a little closer...




As you can see, in primary moult and a little untidy!










Nice one!