Sunday, 19 September 2010

Black Darters

These Black Darters are a first for us. We were surprised at how many there were and
how they seemed to like landing on all things human.

This one is on my arm. I was extremely nervous, even though they are harmless.
All I could hear was John telling me to keep still. Sue

Monday, 13 September 2010

Ryan's Field and Land's End.

Nice to see some birds for a change, although we didn't get the Wryneck we hoped for.
These Sandwich Terns were taken at Ryan's Field, as was the Common Sandpiper.
The Ruff and Wheatear were taken at St. Gothian Sands.

This Common Darter took a fancy to John.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Brown Hairstreak

Not quite sure about this Blue Butterfly. It's very grey looking with no hint of brown or any orange spots.
I took it at Foxhole clay pits near St. Austell. John
We went to Bristol at the week-end to see our son run in the half-marathon and on the way we stopped at a reserve in Somerset and saw our first ever Brown Hairstreaks, only 2 and one of them was damaged.
Also this badly damaged Silver-Washed Fritillary.

This Canary Shouldered Thorn is also a first for us.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Week-end at Goonhilly, (mostly)

I Noticed this Sparrowhawk while at work and all I had was a small camera and an old pair of binoculars that I keep in the van so I took these shots through the binoculars.
Not perfect by any means, but needs must, as they say.

No other birds but we have amassed a lot of Dragonflies and Butterflies over the weekend.

This Keeled Skimmer was trapped in a web and fighting desparately to escape.
John's brother Chris set it free but It's wings were stuck together and it could hardly fly.
I suppose it came to a sticky end. Sue

Can anyone name these 2 Damselflies?
We think they are one of the Emeralds. (Scarce would be nice)