Archive for Jul, 2016



13
Jul
16

Scarcities on the wing

A trip into Northamptonshire last month spawned a day trip for next year (see this link) in search of Wood Whites and Black Hairstreaks. Wood Whites are like floating pieces of tissue paper whereas Black Hairstreaks, one of the UK’s scarcer species,  are tree top dwellers but it’s possible to find a few at ground level … as per the photos. Let me know if you’d like to make a booking.

Black Hairstreak_Z5A5383 Wood White_Z5A5745

11
Jul
16

The orchid of Bees

Bee Orchids gave a reasonable show this year. Here are a few shots taken on Norfolk day tours.

Bee Orchid 1 Bee Orchid

09
Jul
16

First Flight

We watched as a dragonfly lava climbed from the pond up to  the underside of a lily pad leaf. It split it’s case and a pale ghost of a dragonfly hung out … dangling down to the water. After half an hour in one swift movement it escaped its prison and hung correct way up; wings crumpled. Over the next half hour the wings expanded and dried moving from vertical to horizontal. The emerged insect now quivered in the heat of the day and suddenly took flight.

07
Jul
16

Puffinless

I think Puffins have had a good deal. Every picture you look at these days is of a cute puffin. However this is at the expense of Guillemots and Razorbills. I thought I’d redress the balance a little. Taken on our tour to Northumberland and Yorkshire last month.

Guillemot Razorbill 1 Razorbill 2

05
Jul
16

How cute is he?

A very young Eider Duck. How cute is he?

Eider

03
Jul
16

Good numbers

Although Tree Sparrows aren’t rare in Norfolk they take a little finding. It was good to see excellent numbers of young birds as well as adults on our recent tour to Yorkshire.

Tree Sparrow 1 Tree Sparrow 2

01
Jul
16

Beautiful Bird

If I called someone a gannet it would be a derogatory comment reflecting their intake or food. However, just look at this individual that afforded some excellent views on our East Coast Seabird Tour last week. So beautiful. The tour for next year is on the website and open for bookings here. It’s a wildlife photographers dream.

Gannet




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