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31 May 2009
Continuing the butterfly and fritillary theme, this is a Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, taken at Priddy Pools. Good numbers of them were present, but it took ages to get one to pose nicely in the hot weather. Several hours in fact!
30 May 2009
A good butterfly daty today, with these Marsh Fritillary (top two) on The Mendips in the morning, and in the afternoon several Glanville Fritillary (lower two) on Sand Point.
28 May 2009
An early morning bird survey at Teignmouth left me time to check out the Dawlish Warren Western/Semipalmated Sandpiper, where it showed extremely well. These are just a small selection of hundreds of photos I took of it. I'm saving detailed comment on the ID until I've had chance to have a good look at all the literature, just thought I'd upload these quickly! Please do not copy or save these images without asking first.
26 May 2009
Painted Lady butterflies are everywhere at the moment after a massive influx over the past few days (top), and Slow-worms (lower) are keeping me very busy at work!
25 May 2009
Some unusual moths, such as the White Colon below, are regular at Berrow, whereas some that are usually common and widespread, do not commonly occur here. This Engrailed is such a species.
24 May 2009
The moth traps finally got some use. This White Colon is nationally scarce, but is one of the species that we record regularly at Berrow.
Argent and Sable at Shapwick
An adult Castor Bean Tick at Shapwick. Bloody horrible.
Nothing more than a 'record shot' of a Mendip Hills Adonis Blue
A female Adonis from the same Mendip site, but photographed last year (2008)
Female Common Blue
23 May 2009
It's that time of year again when I start to look at butterflies and moths. The Argent and Sable moths were easy at Shapwick heath today (top). The photos would and should have been much better had I not been freaked out by the army of ticks that were climbing up my trouser leg at the time. Now, I'm a naturalist and all that, but I would be quite happy should all ticks become extinct - I would not shed a tear. I'm all for increasing UK biodiversity but ticks do not deserve a place in it!
Later in the day I checked out the Mendip Adonis Blue site, where it was nice to meet Tony and his wife, the original finder of these butterflies. We only saw one male (photo) despite checking lots of Common Blue (bottom). The photo of the underside of a female was one that I took at the same place last year.
21 May 2009
Wader numbers are decreasing on Berrow Beach, but there's still a few Whimbrel left!
16 May 2009
Throughout a day of showers and wind, this Skylark at Tealham and Ringed Plover at Berrow Beach were amongst a good selection of common birds today.
10 May 2009
On the way home from Trowbridge this afternoon, so a very brief pop in to Chew Valley Lake where this Purple Heron showed well after a few minutes wait.
9 May 2009
A nice trip onto the Somerset Levels this morning, with this Redshank (lower) at Tealham Moor, and several views of Bittern at Ham Wall RSPB.
2 May 2009
A great day out to the Collared Flycatcher at Portland. Thanks to the people who arranged parking and access to the field, where good views were had by everyone.