Sunday, 10 September 2017

Glossy Ibis and Cattle Egrets

2nd & 6th August 2017.

Two visits to Walmsley sanctuary at Wadebridge to see the recent arrival of both Glossy Ibis and Cattle Egrets. Fourteen Ibis have been seen here (I saw seven of them) and it looks like the Cattle Egrets have bred here or nearby as two juvenile birds have been observed along with seven adults.
Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Cattle Egrets

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret flyby

Cattle Egret -a little closer to the hide

Cattle Egret- odd posture something  must have flown over

Cattle Egret

Gadwall family

Gadwall family
. Who knows what might be visiting and nesting here in a few years time? The birds were all a little distant for decent photos but nice to just sit and see what turns up ( like the family of Gadwall which swam by).

Thursday, 31 August 2017


Six Spot Burnet Moth
17th July 2017.

Marbled White Butterfly and Six Spot Burnet Moth, both fairly easy to find in my local area of Devon, and although I've photographed them many times ,still cant resist.
Marbled White

Marbled White

Thursday, 24 August 2017


13th July 2017.

The Comma is a fairly common Butterfly but still always nice to see. this one on Verbena was taken at Rosemoor RHS gardens in Devon.
Comma on Verbena.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Upton Towens

9th July 2017.

A day out with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Photo Group at Upton Towens near Hayle , an area of sand dunes and coastal vegetation ,fantastic habitat for a great variety of species . Specialities here include Silver Studded Blue and Dark Green Fritillary Butterflies as well as a host of other wildlife.
Looking across to Godrevy Lighthouse

Silver Studded Blues mating

Silver Studded Blue

Whilst  photographing these Pyramidal Orchid a Silver Studded Blue landed and posed just long enough for me to get a shot.

Dark Green Fritillary

Small Skippers 

Scarlet Tiger Moth

Scarlet Tiger Moth

Scarlet Tiger Moths

Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Colour Purple

7th July 2017.

Nanquidno in West Cornwall is ablaze with colour in the summer with fields of Purple Bugloss and Corn Marigold,  a feast for the eyes, a joy to behold, just sitting in the sun trying to take it in, where better in the world could you be...A Peacock Butterfly finds a thistle among the Bugloss to feed on to add to the scene.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Bonking Beetles

8th July 2017.

The Common Red Soldier Beetle ( Rhagonycha fulva) also known as the Bloodsucker or the Bonking Beetle (honest) is very common, usually found on umbellifer  flowers such as Hogweed and Cow Parsley. They do indeed  spend much of their short lives mating,( I guess if you haven't much time on this planet ). In early July they seemed to be everywhere, it is one of those insects you pass by and don't bother with, so I made the effort and spent an hour or so trying to photographing them.
Common Red Soldier Beetles

Common Red Soldier Beetles doing what they do best.

Common Red Soldier Beetles

Common Red Soldier Beetles

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Amur Falcon

7th July 2017

After hearing of the Amur Falcon at Polgigga in West Cornwall on the Thursday evening, I made the easy decision to get up early on the Friday morning ( thankfully a day off ) and drive down to hopefully get to see it. This is only the second record for Britain and the first for Cornwall, and obviously a lifer for me. The Amur Falcon breeds in S.E.Siberia and N.China before migrating to winter in S.Africa., so how it found itself in West Cornwall I don't know. On arrival I was relieved to be told the bird was still present in the area , though had flown from its roosting site, I teamed up with a couple of birders I knew from 'up my end of the county' and thankfully the Falcon was relocated hunting around nearby fields and hedgerows, quite distant at first but then giving some very close flybys before at around eleven o'clock gaining height and disappearing into the distance. I took a few  distant record shots and a couple as it flew overhead, but at the end of the day was just glad to have seen it as those who arrived any later went home disappointed.
Amur Falcon, first distant view through the heat haze.

Amur Falcon

Amur Falcon take off


Overhead and away.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Woodchat Shrike

2nd July 2017.

This male Woodchat Shrike ( Lanius senator ) took up residence for a couple of days at Boscastle on the North Cornwall coast, a rare vagrant to Cornwall and even more so up here in the north of the county .I managed a few record shots but didn't try to get to close to it while it was busy feeding.
Male Woodchat Shrike

Bringing up a pellet

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


27th June 2017.

Joyce and I drove up across Dartmoor , as usual I had an ulterior motive which was to search for the High Brown Fritillary Butterfly at  Aish Tor , the weather wasn't great, and although we saw one or two Fritillarys on the wing and one landed briefly on Bramble Flower, without seeing the underwing it was impossible to separate them from the Dark Green Fritillary which also breed here. However I did find a young Dartford Warbler which was a bonus and on the way home we stopped at St Raphaels Church at Hexworthy where a Spotted Flycatcher was using the bell tower as a perch.
High Brown or Dark Green Fritillary??

Young Dartford Warbler

Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Monday, 24 July 2017

Four species in one tree

24th June 2017.

Bit of an unusual shot taken at Yarner wood on Dartmoor, with four species all lined up in the top of a tree. Linnet, Yellowhammer, Redpoll and Stonechat, although I must admit I didn't notice the Linnet at the time of looking through the viewfinder.
Four species in one tree.

Friday, 21 July 2017


18th June 2017.

Lethytep, situated at Penaldlake near Lanreath in S.E Cornwall opened up its beautiful grounds once again , in aid of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Set in fifty two acres of meadows, lakes and woodland this sheltered valley has been lovingly managed by Philip and Faith Hambly as wildlife habitats and is the home to many species. This time of year is especially good for insects, and the lakes were alive with Dragons and Damsels, and plenty of  Butterflies on the wing. Always a nice day here, and good to bump into friends from the CWT photo group.
Black Tailed Skimmer

Black Tailed Skimmer

Blue (Tailed?) Damsels paired.

A Long Jawed Orb Spider with a Damselfly meal.

Lunch time.

Dock Bug

Meadow Brown.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Pond Life

17th June 2017.

The sun has come out and brought with it the Dragons and Damsels to my pond, the Broad Bodied Chasers are usually the first to put in an appearance, these  have the habit of returning to the same perch, so I have a good chance of photographing them, the male here had the Water Lilies in The background, so I used an aperture of f20 to try and include them to convey a sense of place. The Emperor is our largest resident Dragonfly and another regular on my pond, usually seen patrolling the area in search of a meal. Azure Damselflies are common here, although I still have a little difficulty in separating them from Common Blues without a close view.
Male Broad Bodied Chaser and Water Lilies

A male Emperor taking a rest on a Foxglove

Azure Damselflies mating.