Not great weather for Butterflies this week so here's a common Green Grasshopper that posed nicely for me whilst out looking for Common Blues.
A roosting Meadow Brown on my local patch back at the end of June.
My first ever shot of a Grayling from a Butterfly Conservation Devon field trip to Soar a couple of weekends ago.
Another, slightly tighter shot of a Marbled White on my local patch last week.
I hope everyone's participating in the Big #ButterflyCount just fifteen minutes of your time to record the Butterflies you see in your garden, local park or in your favourite Butterfly location.
I finally had a successful visit to my local Marbled Whites, in particular this one roosting on a Heath Spotted Orchid.
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Another juvenile from my garden this week, a Nuthatch this time.
Lovely to see this juvenile Greenfinch, along with at least 4 adults, in my garden this week
I found this Small Skipper roosting on my local patch this week, lots of Meadow Browns and Ringlets around too, still searching for the Marbled Whites though!
Beautiful Demoiselle ♂️
My first visit to my local site near the River Tavy for Marbled Whites was unsuccessful but did manage this shot of a male Beautiful Demoiselle.
This is a shot I've been after for three years now, since I first started visiting the Lydford Old Railway reserve in Devon. I was delighted to find these two in copula, albeit quite low down in the grass (hence the messy background).
Another shot of a Heath Fritillary from a couple of Saturdays ago, taken early on before they became active, roosting on Oxeye Daisy
A Heath Fritillary from the Lydford Old Railway reserve in West Devon
Redstart ♀️ (Explored 8 June 2017)
A shot of the female Redstart a day after the young fledged. She was flitting between the hedgerows feeding the fledglings so I managed to hide close to a wall and get this frame filler!
The male Redstart perched on a frond of Bracken . The young have now fledged, hoping to get some shots of them being fed out of the nest!
Good numbers of these last week in the Lyd valley on Dartmoor.
The female Redstart flying into the nest
Redstart ♂️ (Explored 26 May 2017)
The male Redstart flying in with food to the nest, won't be too long before they fledge now!!
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
From a recent visit to the Lydford Old Railway Butterfly Conservation site. Once the rain stops I'm planning another visit to see the Heath Fritillaries.
I discovered a Redstart nesting site this week, in a telegraph pole of all places. I'll be monitoring this over the coming days and hopefully see them fledge!!
The other half of the pair of Redstarts that I found last week.
I found a second pair of Redstarts on my local patch last week whilst out Cuckoo hunting. This male perched up in clear view hunting insects!
Pied Wagtail (Explored 12 May 2017)
A shot taken on the Moors recently whilst looking for the Cuckoos.
After a couple of weeks of observing and some degree of patience I managed to get some shots of the beautiful male Redstart on the Moors. Cuckoos are my next target.
Not had much time with the garden birds recently but here's a Great Tit on a new perch!!
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Male Orange Tip (Explored 27 April 2017)
A male to follow on from the female posted previously, this one from my garden
Female Orange Tip
My first Butterfly for the 2017 season. Lovely to see these in good numbers this Spring. I stumbled upon this female roosting but had to run home for my camera, fortunately she was still in the same place!!
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A bird I've always found hard to get a clean shot of but finally caught this one, that frequents my garden, in the light!!
Goldfinch (Explored 15 April 2017)
Back to the Goldfinches, one half of a battle between two birds.
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter weekend and a huge thank you for all your faves and comments.
Delighted to find and photograph my first Dartford Warbler out on the Moors this week, so good to see and hear in full song!
Goldfinch (Explored 3 April 2017)
No joy with catching the Goldfinches squabbling in mid air yet so here's one posing nicely for me.
Another shot from my Small Garden Birds in flight project, a Goldfinch this time, hoping to catch these in a mid air battlle!
Great Tit landing
Some great light this week so had to have a session with the garden birds again, this Great Tit obliged by coming into land where I hoped!
Chaffinch (m) (Explored 22 March 2017)
Another shot from my Small Garden Birds in flight project, this time a male Chaffinch in hover mode with some nice early evening light.
The yellow in the background are Daffodils!!
A shot I've been after for sometime now, finally managed this head on in-flight Blue Tit coming into land.
Still working on improving my in-flight shots, Greenfinches and Goldfinches both visiting regularly now.
Taken at the same location as the Golden Plover in my previous post, lovely to hear these singing again!
Taken out on the Moors on Friday evening having had a tip-off about a flock of them, could only find this individual which allowed me fairly close to get a few half decent shots.
From my garden last week.
Goldfinch in flight 2
A second shot of a Goldfinch in-flight from my garden last week.
Hoping the rain stops so I can get out and catch some more soon.
Goldfinch in flight 1
Another shot from my Garden Birds in flight project, taken at the beginning of the week before the rain came!
Not quite as sharp as I would like but it's my first in-flight shot of a Goldfinch so I thought I'd share it anyway.
Have a good week everyone 🙂
Another shot from my Small Garden Birds in flight project.
Another shot from my last visit to Norsworthy Bridge, Burrator Reservoir.
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I spent some more time in my hide this week with the garden birds in flight project, a few keepers including this one of a male Chaffinch.
Black Redstart (male)
My second visit to Ford Park Cemetery in Plymouth last week, in search of the Black Redstarts, was a success. After walking around for an hour or two and after finding the female straight away I eventually tracked down this beautiful male, a first for me.
A second shot from the weekend on a lovely Spring like day at Wembury along the south-west coastal path, both male and female showing well and the male up really close.
A very pleasant walk along the South West coastal path from Wembury yesterday, in almost Spring-like weather, I spotted a pair of Stonechats close to the path and was able to get very close to the male shown in this shot.
From a recent visit to Norsworthy Bridge, Burrator
A revisited shot of the Desert Wheatear on Thurlestone beach back at the end of November. The rowing boat made for a rather nice prop!!
Goldfinch (Explored 12 February 2017)
Another angle on the Goldie in my garden this week.
A single Goldie has finally decided to visit my garden feeders and posed nicely for me.
Hopefully he becomes a regular so I can attempt some flight shots!
A shot from a little while back in my garden hide with the evening sun lighting up the backdrop nicely.