Monday, August 17, 2015

Digiscoped Red-footed Falcon, Willow Tree Fen LWT

These images were taken with the aid of Jasmine and Eddie. Frankly, their youthful eyes provide a more accurate focus for the scope!
I risked the wrath of the warden to get this pellet. It is packed full of chitinous carapaces from the beetles the falcon was catching on the ground
I've circled a wing of a Four-spotted Chaser which was stuck to the falcon's underside. Strong evidence of at least one of the dragonflies it had been eating

Friday, August 14, 2015

Red-footed Falcon at Willow Tree Fen LWT

A sneaky bit of twitching just outside the PBC area (tantalisingly close!), near the delightfully named Tongue End. This moulting first-summer male appears to be the same bird as was in Staffs for weeks. It looked a bit tired and apathetic in the cold and I hope it survives...

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Yet more Adder action

The familiar female 'Spotty' and a male (lower photo) which I have previously not photographed. According to my first efforts at measuring based on photos, this apparent male is about 75cm long, which is 25% longer than a male Adder should be!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Male & female Adders

As far as I can work out, the big, pale, brown spotted one is a female and the smaller, darker, black striped one is a male. The male, judging from its slightly misty pupil slit, appears to be getting ready to slough.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Marbled White

Weekend reptiles

Common (Viviparous) Lizard
Adder (perhaps male?)
Slowworm

Monday, June 29, 2015

Viper's Bugloss with Large Skipper

A new Adder

If you compare the back of this Adder's head with the one on the posts below, you will see it has a different pattern, especially obvious around the 'V' on the back of the neck. It was a darker individual than the previous male, looking particularly black on the zig-zags near the tail end.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Solstice snakes etc

We took advantage of a bit of sun to go out on 21 June in search of reptiles near Peterborough. We recorded: 2 Adders, 6 Grass Snakes, 7 Slowworms, 12 Common Lizards and some nice plants and insects. Here are some piccies.
Male Adder
Bee Orchid
Burnet Companion
Grass Snake which judging from its slightly misty eye is starting to think about sloughing
Grizzled Skipper
Slowworm
Bumblebee mimicking hoverfly, which I think is Volucella bombylans

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Little Egret, Frampton Marsh RSPB

Frampton Marsh RSPB is a little like walking around a North American reserve in Florida or Texas or whatnot, with Little instead of Snowy Egrets virtually ignoring you, while everywhere else they are absurdly nervous and skittish! Ripe for photography, but these were just some quick off the cuff snaps...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ketton Quarry stuff

Jasmine and I went to Ketton Quarry Wildlife Trust reserve in Rutland the other day looking for Adders. We found some nice stuff including a male Adder, Grass Snake, several Common Lizards, a Common Shrew, Dark Green Fritillary and loads of other nice insects and plants. A Good place. I had no idea Dark Green Fritillaries were this close to home, although I have hoped for them at Barnack Hills and Holes etc in the past. Perhaps this year, that site will turn them up, it is only a few miles away to the east. I may try at the weekend.
Male Adder
Oedemera nobilis, aka False Oil Beetle, Thick-Legged Flower Beetle, or Swollen-thighed Beetle (probably)
Buzzard
Common Lizard
Common Lizard with a small beetle taking a ride
Common Lizard
Dark Green Fritillary
A green metallic leaf beetle, perhaps a Cryptocephalus sp?