Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019

Friday, August 09, 2019

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Bumblebee mimic

This is the hoverfly Eristalis intricarius. It is a bumblebee mimic. Brilliant isn't it? This is a female, photographed at Baston 'wader pit' at the weekend. I think it looks closest to a Tree Bumblebee.

Some recent butterflies

Chalkhill Blue, female, Barnack Hills and Holes
Chalkhill Blue, males, Barnack Hills and Holes
Painted Lady, Barnack Hills and Holes
Silver-washed Fritillary, female probably of ab. confluens, Bedford Purlieus
Peacock, Bedford Purlieus

More FMCP Garganey portraits

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Eclipse male Garganey, Ferry Meadows CP, Peterborough

This is only the second Garganey I have ever seen at Ferry Meadows. Like the first (in mid-September 2012), this bird was on the small lake called Lynch Lake. This is the smallest of the three conjoined FMCP lakes, and is often the most attractive to wildfowl, particularly dabbling ducks (it is very shallow), where the ducks are remasrkably tolerant of people. This bird, I believe from the wing pattern is an eclipse male, and it is the most confiding Garganey I have seen around Peterborough (to be frank, they are usually exceptionally shy buggers!). The Garganey was found by Andy Frost yesterday, but I was down at Heathrow picking up my dear son Eddie after his flight back from San Diego, so could hardly dash to see the duck...

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Monday, July 22, 2019

Female Roesel's Bush Cricket

More Cambs butterflies

Female Brimstone, Castor Hanglands NNR
Male Brown Argus, Castor Hanglands NNR
Peacock, Castor Hanglands NNR
These two shots show a female feeding on sap near an old cut off branch on the 'master oak'. I saw at least three Purple Emperors feeding in this localised there, plus a Red Admiral and a Speckled Wood and several flies, bees etc
Purple Emperors, Woodwalton Fen NNR
Red Admiral, Woodwalton Fen NNR
Silver-washed Fritilalries, Castor Hanglands NNR

Friday, July 19, 2019

From the Archive... No 24

Ural Owl, Hokkaido, japan, January 2018

Monday, July 15, 2019

Creatures at Castor Hanglands NNR

Female Purple HairstreakNarrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet