Monday, 21 July 2014

TROUP HEAD, SCOTLAND

We have just come back from a week in Scotland and one of 
the places we visited was the huge Gannetry at Troup Head. 

















Friday, 27 June 2014

WE GOT THE BLUES

We went to Collard Hill for the Large Blue and managed to see 5 or 6 individuals. This is a first for us having failed on several previous attempts. A little disappointed that we couldn't get a better picture of them with open wings but they rarely bask with them open. 
We also went to a fantastic reserve called Westhay Moor hoping for Hairy Dragonfly, we saw a few but could get no pictures. Another one for next year.

LARGE BLUE


LARGE BLUE


LARGE BLUE


MARBLED WHITE


MARBLED WHITE


TORTOISESHELL
RINGLET


BLACK-TAILED SKIMMER


EMPEROR


BROAD-BODIED CHASER


FOUR-SPOT CHASER


SIX-SPOT BURNET


SCORPION FLY


HORSE FLY



Friday, 30 May 2014

A VISIT TO SOMERSET.

We went to Bristol earlier this week and on the way stopped at Thurlbear Woods in Somerset, hoping for Duke of Burgundy but were unsuccessful. We did however get lots of Grizzled Skipper and a couple of Dingy Skipper, as well as Common Blue and Green-veined White.We also went over into Wales to Newport Wetlands for the Hairy Dragonfly but only saw two fly-bys. Disappointing but still a first for us. On the way back to Cornwall we stopped at the brilliant Grey Lakes NR, also in Somerset. It was too chilly for Dragonflies but we did hear at least two Bitterns booming.

GRIZZLED SKIPPER

GRIZZLED SKIPPER

DINGY SKIPPER

COMMON BLUE

COMMON BLUE

GREEN-VEINED WHITE


ORCHID sp.


Saturday, 24 May 2014

CUCKOOS AND DRAGONS

 I've finally caught up with some Cuckoos, there were at least 4 at Buttermilk Hill.

CUCKOO

CUCKOO

CUCKOO

BROAD-BODIED CHASER
BROAD-BODIED CHASER, fem.

   At long last the Dragonfly season has started. 
These Broad-Bodied Chasers were taken at Bissoe Valley.
                                           

Friday, 9 May 2014

New Life on the Patch.

This is the first time I have ever seen a Dipper in a tree. 
The juveniles are about now so I guess it was keeping an eye on them.
The very cute juvenile Long-tailed Tit was hiding in a bush, the fledglings 
being flushed by a Jay, hope they all got away.

DIPPER


DIPPER


JUVENILE DIPPER


JUVENILE DIPPER


JUVENILE, LONG-TAILED TIT

Saturday, 26 April 2014

DOWN WEST.

Have not done much this week as I have been working but I did spend a day down west around Bottalack, where most of these were taken, except for the Dipper and Woodpecker which were taken in Truro.  These Fulmars were right next to the footpath.

FULMAR

FULMAR

JACKDAW COLLECTING HAIR

LINNET

SEDGE WARBLER

SHELDUCK
WHEATEAR

WILLOW WARBLER

WREN
DIPPER
GREEN WOODPECKER