15
Jul
18

Reedbed Denizens

On a tour recently to an area of extensive reedbed we were treated to superb and extended views of both Bittern and Bearded Tit.

I’m constantly surprised by how many of my guests have not seen Bearded Tit and wish to do so. It’s not a difficult species to see but knowing the call makes it soooo much easier.

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11
Jul
18

Back to Black

The trip to Mull this year gave us some pretty good wildlife encounters; not least with Black Guillemot. I particularly liked this shot in bright sunshine of an individual swimming below us. There are still places available on next years tour

08
Jul
18

Splitting hairs

The White letter Hairstreaks were playing their usual tree top escapades the other day. A couple eventually came a little lower to avail themselves to the camera.

 

05
Jul
18

A broken necklace of glass beads

Thrown up on the beaches here in North Norfolk the other week was a small wreck of Sea Gooseberries. These Comb Jellies are carnivores but won’t sting you; they lack stinging cell. However they have sticky tentacles that catch passing small copepods. Laid on the beach they looked like a scattering of glass beads catching the sunshine.

 

01
Jul
18

Dualing Insect

Completely benign but enough bravado to make you reel back. This Sabre Wasp caught my attention on tour recently. Amazing insect.

 

28
Jun
18

Bulling up the finches and washing the warblers

During warm dry weather it’s possible to sit and wait by water to see what comes along to drink. We were on a photography day recently and this Bullfinch over-powered his hesitation to come down and quench his thirst. The Blackcap was obviously washing away the grime of parenthood!

25
Jun
18

In search of Butterflies

The search for Wood Whites and Black Hairstreaks took us into Northamptonshire on tour this weekend. As well as the target species there was the odd surprise too!

 




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