Author Archive for Carl Chapman

24
May
18

‘B’ Fly

A buzzing insect interjects a certain unease into someones demeanour. It makes them wary. If you have ever been stung by an angry bee you’ll be well aware why.

Some insects have apparel that makes them seem more ferocious than what they are; a long pointy rear end or a probing proboscis strikes up a fear of being injected!

Give an insect both these things and you have a recipe for a would be predator or assailant to take a step backwards. A Bee Fly is one such species. Completely benign and quite endearing really … it’s all buzz and no bite.

2018 05 05 Bee Fly Minsmere Suffolk_Z5A4984

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19
May
18

Taken to tusk

I quite like Chinese Water Deer. They are very ‘bambi’ like. Much cuter than the rather brusk faced Muntjac. This one appeared out of the reedbed as we were waiting for Bittern. Although he was be-tusked and moulting he didn’t lose any of his charm.

15
May
18

‘all white

On tour at Hickling the other week a large Egret flew up out of the reedbed. The yellow bill and completely black legs immediately confirmed it as a Great White. They bred in Norfolk last year. I suspect with the number we have around us the event will be repeated and become the norm.

12
May
18

they’re back

With the recent warm weather the migrants came flooding in. I was walking on the clifftop here in Runton the other evening and a Whinchat and a Wheatear dropped in to rest for the evening. Swallows were flying purposely west … on there way to who knows where. This chap was resting at Minsmere on the migration day last weekend.

08
May
18

Unexpected

Not an expected conflict in Norfolk skies. A Marsh Harrier depicted here having a spat with a Hooded Crow.

Someone did say to me this was a hybrid Hooded/Carrion and quoted others as saying ‘because it had speckles on the breast’. I didn’t see these and it looked good to me!

30
Apr
18

Boxing match

I know a lot of people who when asked about their favourite animal tell me it’s the Brown Hare.

On tour recently we saw these two putting on a really good old fashioned gloves off boxing display.

27
Apr
18

Two’s company, three’s a crowd.

Three Little ringed Plovers were sparring with one another the other day. Things were getting a little agitated. I suspect the consternation centred around who was going to mate with whom. Anyways, amid the whole ‘she’s my woman’ thing one of the plovers tilted it’s head and looked up. A sure sign of a raptor. I looked up too. It was a Marsh Harrier passing through. maybe next time it’ll be an Osprey :0)

 




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