Friday, 19 August 2016

What Argus ?

Just a few days ago I was walking around the Heathland which forms part of the Woodland area that I regularly walk at this time of year in search of butterflies.

It was a bright sunny day and I was finding quite a few of the normal species that I would expect to find at this time. I was shooting a few images of a Small Tortoiseshell on a flower and my 'Spotter' (thats the Lady Wife) said that there was a different one very close by. I looked at it through the lens and just thought at the time it was a Brown Argus (Aricia agestis). 
As it was in such good condition I decided to take a few shots of it.

Later when examining the images on my Mac, my attention was drawn to the white spots with black spots in the centre on each outer wing. Looking at the books I have on the subject I began to think this was a Northern Brown Argus (Aricia artaxerxes). However, the map locations of known territory, mainly Scotland and the Northern regions of England just didn't relate.

I contacted the County Recorder and was advised that it was indeed a Brown Argus (Aricia agestis),  but of the known aberration snelleni. It has been recorded before at the location, but not often and rarely elsewhere in Eastern England.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Birds for a Change.

At last a few birds to look at I hear you say.
They are still more difficult to find at the moment amongst the dense foliage, but rearing young is coming to the end now so they will show more now as the main migration starts.

Walking up to the edge of a small river that runs across an open field I suddenly came in close contact with this Cormorant. I was so close that using a 70-400mm lens meant that I was right on top of it.
Normally Cormorants take to the air instantly if approached by Humans, this one didn't. (No wise cracks please)

I believe it to be a sub adult so perhaps it hasn't quite understood the danger as yet.

You can see from the image below that having made the turn into the wind its definitely going to get airborne.

I got this shot in below and then the tall grass and reeds got in the way.

Peering through hedgerow I was able to shoot a couple of images of this Whitethroat.

These Canada Geese were making a short flight across a field to land and feed by a large flock of Canada and Greylag geese.

In poorer light and having a short lens on I was only able to get this cropped shot of a Red Kite as it flew once over my position.

Immature Whitethroat  below hunting for food before its long journey South. 

This Grey Heron had encroached on another's territory and was soon chased off.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Another Batch of Flutters

Yes its another batch of Butterflies to post as suddenly there are a lot about now, which of course is quite normal for this time of year.

Brown Argus

Large White

Green-veined White

A pair of Meadow Brown mating under a Scabious flower

Meadow Brown (female)


Small Skipper

A female Small Skipper laying eggs.

Large Skipper