Archive for May, 2020

30
May
20

Flyers

A few of my favourite insects from the Broads this week.

26
May
20

Snap me! Snap me!

This little fella just wouldn’t leave us alone as we were sea-watching the other day. He was just so desperate to have his photo taken he even hovered above us repeatedly.

23
May
20

Migrants

A couple of the commoner migrants in the last few days.

 

20
May
20

Wash & Brush-up

Something for the weekend Sir?

17
May
20

Rainbow

With the relaxation of restrictions we went a little further for our shopping this last week. We went to Morissons’ in Fakenham rather than Cromer. A  few more miles but we feel it cleaner and more organised. Something that now could be said to seriously matter.

I was surprised to see we were practically the only people wearing masks and given this is supposed to protect other people rather than yourself (regardless if you believe that or not) it perhaps shows the selfishness of people. This feeling was reinforced by how reluctant people were to keep to the 2m distancing rule. Maybe they thought the easing of restrictions meant it was the beginning of the end. I feel it’s just the end of the beginning and we have a long way to go. Whichever which way, I am decidedly uncomfortable going to supermarkets. I feel uneasy given outside hospitals these spaces are perhaps the ‘petri dishes’ for contraction. Maybe it’s just me.

Anyways, I thought I would publish this photo taken in the Indian Ocean taken a few years ago. I was sailing out of Marissa in Sri Lanka on my way to hopefully find Blue Whales, when we passed a fishing Dhow topped with brightly dressed fishermen backed by a rainbow on a sea boiling with fish . Rainbows are supposed to symbolise hope. It was just a moment I thought to capture. A moment of colour. A moment of hope. The end of the beginning. I hope all my customers and followers are well and continue to be so.

15
May
20

All coloured-up

Excellent numbers of Linnet this year. Some of them are now coloured up and looking good in their Sunday best.

11
May
20

A Hair’s Breadth.

A walk locally earlier this week gave us some sightings of Green Hairstreak. Thanks to friend Mark. They were flitting around the tops of the trees so didn’t offer brilliant views but they were good to see never the less. Especially so for Tania. Almost everything that’s new for my year lists is brand new to her.

The event reminded me of a trip to Mull a few years ago when I took a small party of people on tour. Exactly six years ago to the day to be precise we’d been watching White tailed Eagles under a beautiful blue sky and had got back in the car only to be joined by a Green Hairstreak which landed on the dash. Probably my best ever views of one of our most beautiful butterflies. It was carefully extracted and shown it’s true environment non the worse for its visitation, but not before it had been photographed of course!

 

08
May
20

Bit of a Wag

Even with the lockdown we knew this morning was going to be busy up here on the coast. Swimmers, dog walkers and birders were all going to be out in numbers. They were. We thought we’d try and avoid the crowds and be back in inside before it all kicked off. As we walked down to the sea we heard of a Grey headed Wagtail that had been among the cattle. Several yellows but no Grey headed for us. A Whinchat that landed nearby as we were looking was a bonus. A fortuitous message from friend Ian atop Granborough Hill told us to look south. We did and there was a Black Kite circling high above the hill. A good patch tick for me and a Brit tick for Tania.

01
May
20

Cliffhanger

Walking along the cliffs last week this Wheatear popped up in front of us.




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