Monday, July 21, 2014

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull

It is the classic time for finding newly fledged, fresh and neat juvenile Med Gulls around these parts. This bird was at baston & Langtoft pits, south Lincolnshire. Birds may in recent decades have bred among the Black-headed Gulls there, but I've never personally seen an adult here. There were plenty of young juvenile Black-headed Gulls in the largish flock this Med was resting with, which probably came from the local colony. But whether the Med itself is a local bird or a wanderer remains a mystery... Excuse grainy record shots, but that, I'm afraid is the nature of the beast.

The Partridge Family

I stumbled on this delightful family of half a dozen fluffy baby Red-lagged Partridges with their mother at a quarry in the Baston a& Langtoft pits complex at the weekend. I don't recall ever seeing baby partridges before. Very cute!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Some garden insects

Swallowtail Moth
Elephant Hawkmoth
Lozotaeniodes formosana
Also, this Brown Hawker snuck into the actinic Skinner trap...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tree Pipit (digiscoped)

One of several John Saunders and I saw at Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, last Sunday, while looking for the Short-toed Eagle.

Acid Dragonflies, Ashdown Forest, Sussex

Brilliant Emerald
Keeled Skimmer
Female Beautiful Demoiselle
Emperor ovipositing
Small Red Damselflies
Finally, a spider with a taste for damselfies...

Thursday, June 19, 2014