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Holidays again

Posted in birds, flight, photography, Uncategorized, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on 29 August 2013 by bramblejungle

Once again I left Oxfordshire for a while to explore the wildlife of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust site at Welney and the RSPB reserve at Snettisham, both in Norfolk. Here are just a few shots:

At Welney, a House Martin in flight, a Yellow Wagtail and a Swallows’ nest
House Martin (Delichon urbica)Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)Swallows (Hirundo rustica) on nest

and on the water a Black-tailed Godwit.
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

At Snettisham, a Ringed Plover, a Turnstone and a Dunlin
Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula)Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

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So far so good

Posted in "Butts Piece", birds, garden, insects, oxfordshire, photography, wildlife with tags , , , , , , on 11 August 2013 by bramblejungle

We won’t know until next year (at the earliest) what damage the cold spring caused, but so far things are not looking too bleak: most of the common summer butterflies have turned up except for migrant Painted Ladies and Hummingbird Hawk Moths; Small Tortoiseshell numbers seem lower than usual.

Here are a few shots taken round about over the last couple of weeks, including Small Skipper and Small Copper butterflies (common, but new to me), Common Blue and Brown Argus butterflies, and a few grasshoppers, bush-crickets and damsel-flies, plus a linnet and a juvenile woodpecker

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

Brown Argus (Aricia agestis)

6-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae)

Grasshopper

Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)

Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)

Small skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)?

Marbled White (Melanargia galathea)

Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus), f.

Speckled bush-cricket (Leptophyes punctatissima), m.

Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)

Oak Bush-cricket (Meconema thalassinum), f

Field grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus)

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus), m

Magpie moth (Abraxas grossulariata)

Green woodpecker (Picus viridis), juv.

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