Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Marbled and Meadow Pair

A pair of Marbled White Butterfly mating.
Note the brown markings on the underside wing of the female.

A pair of Meadow Brown Butterfly mating.
Note the two black dots on the underside wing of the male which also has two shaded bands of brown on that wing, as opposed to three shades on the female.

Monday, 21 July 2014

More Black and White

A little celebration of finding this colourful species again this year and in such numbers as well. (Marbled White Butterlfy)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Guarding the Gate

The Gatekeeper Butterfly (Pyronia tithonus)
Sometimes known as the Hedge Brown is a medium sized species that flies between July and September. Common in England and Wales and the Southern coast of Ireland.
It likes bramble and also likes yellow flowers in particular.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Brown Hawker Dragonfly

The Brown Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna grandis)

There is no mistaking this monster with a length of 73mm. 
I was very fortunate to find this female basking in the sun in a woodland ride. 
I say fortunate as its normally hawking the woodland and never seems to stop flying.
On mainland British Isles it is a common species although absent from the South West of England and also Scotland.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

From the Window

Another in my series of From the Window.
I was able to snatch these successive images of a Blue Tit feeding one of its young. The rain was pouring down and the light was awful. There was both the parents feeding four fledgelings in a rather wet tree outside the window.

1/320 at f8. 315mm. ISO3200

Meanwhile the male Chaffinch below looks on at the proceedings.

1/400 at f8. 315mm. ISO2000

Monday, 14 July 2014

Turning the Hay

The cut grass needs to be turned over to dry out before it can be baled. 
However first of all, you have to get into the field.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Chalkhill Blue

The Chalkhill Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus (Lysandra) coridon)

I have not seen many of the Common Blue species this year, so I was somewhat concerned about finding the Chalkhill at the location where I normally find it. They can only be found in a few locations in the Southern part of England and only one place in East Anglia.
  I went to the location yesterday to search. Just after starting the search I found one male which is featured in all of the images below. 

I was able to take quite a few shots of this male as it was preoccupied trying to remove some flower stamen from its proboscis. It had been eating from a Field Scabious flower. 

However, a further search for any more of the species proved fruitless.

Sony Alpha 6000. E55-210 lens. 1/400 at f8. 210mm. ISO100