Saturday, 29 August 2015

Up close and Personal

Up close and personal with a couple of Common Darter Dragonflies.

Friday, 28 August 2015

After the Downpours ...

Today was Steves day off so while I was at work he was joined by Brian and both of them were having a butterfly fest in the field opposite ..... Thankfully I only work until dinner so I was able to head over to the field but not until the heavy showers had passed .. As the sun emerged on the bank which at the minute is full of Scabious a favourite for most butterflies we had twelve different species ...
How I don't know but Steve managed to find one tiny Purple Hairstreak in one BIG field !!!
There was still a good number of Southern Hawkers and Common Darters along with a single Brown Hawker ..

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Goyt Valley

Goyt Valley set on the Cheshire / Derbyshire border just ten minutes from home and surrounded by stunning scenery is a haven for wildlife especially Butterflies . But driving around the quiet lanes you have to be careful who or what is around the next corner , this time it was only Trace searching out them butterflies.
We found and photographed several species some of which can be seen below.
Large Skipper.
Small Tortoiseshell.
Small Heath.
Dark Green Fritillary.
And only our third Painted Lady seen this year .
Painted Lady.
Painted Lady .

A Weekend At Home .....

After all the traveling about the last few weeks it was time to spend a weekend at home as we have neglected our local areas and not done our usual drive around Macc Forest and Buxton ... Saturday turned out to be warm and sunny so I packed some dinner and we went to Goyt Valley to a lovely little sheltered car park that's a haven for butterfies and bugs ...
I have no idea why this fly is blowing bubbles but just thought he looked cute ... ( for a fly that is )
After a rare but needed lie in Sunday morn we decided to do our usual route around Macc Forest and over the moors .. On passing a old ruined barn Steve always comments on how it is ideal for owls and to our surprise there was a baby Little Owl sitting on the roof..
Then back to the Butterflies ...
Its always amazing how much beautiful wildlife there is on your doorstep if you are prepared to go out and look !!!

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Sabines Gull

A couple more images taken of the Sabines Gull at Pennington Flash CP last weekend.

Local

After traveling to Worcestershire yesterday to photograph butterflies we decided to stay local this morning and see what we could find on our doorstep , within just five minutes from home we have some stunning scenery on the Staffordshire / Derbyshire moors. Butterflies can be few and far between up on the wind swept moors but you never know what you might find in the sheltered spots as the images below of this Dark Green Fritillary proves .
Dark Green Fritillary.
The reservoirs on and around the moors are always a good place to search for Mandarin Duck , the image below shows a pair in eclipse plumage with the male on the right.
Within just over a hours drive around we also found Black Darter dragonfly a couple of Redstarts , Red Grouse , several Willow Warblers and a weasel .

Saturday, 15 August 2015

In search of Hairstreaks .

After seeing some amazing photos during the week of both Purple and Brown Hairstreaks taken at Grafton Wood in Worcestershire by my good friend Pete Walkden we just had to make a visit. I phoned Pete and made arrangements to meet him their this morning as neither myself or Trace had been their before. We met Pete in the car park and made our way down to the wood and he showed us the areas where he had taken them not so bad shots earlier in the week. I think deep down in my heart I knew that yesterdays heavy rains would have a very definite effect on todays findings and I wasn't far wrong , as we only found one Brown Hairstreak and no Purples at all. There were good numbers of other Butterflies on offer with Common Blues , a few Brown Argus a couple of Green Fritillaries , Comma and brimstone . The image below is mine and Tracey,s very first Brown Hairstreak unfortunately it has a damaged wing which could have been caused by all that heavy rain.
All the Brown Argus seen were in good condition as shown in the image below.
Some weird and wonderful insects were on offer as seen in the images below.
Whooooops that's Trace sorry the weird and wonderful insects are below.
We had a most enjoyable day and thanks Pete for the humour and showing us around it was good to see you again . It is certainly a place that we would like to visit again Iam sure there must be more than one Brown Hairstreak !!!!!!!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Return Visit

It was only a couple of weeks ago that we first visited Arnside Knott in south Cumbria for some amazing butterflies , but then there was only one Scotch Argus to be found and although freshly emerged it had a damaged wing not so good for photography. So with amazing views on offer and reports of over fourty Scotch Argus now on the wing we decided it was right to make a return visit.
We found around thirty individuals but finding one that would sit still for more than two seconds was a challenge in itself. After some time and a lot of patience we managed to pin down a couple that would settle somewhat longer than others .
Scotch Argus.
Scotch Argus.
Mad dog and English women in the mid-day sun.