Tuesday, 28 July 2015

GREY HERON & LESSER-BLACK BACK GULL 28/07/2015




Spent a quick hour at Stithians Res this afternoon, not much to report a few swallows a couple of House Martins good numbers of Herring Gulls and Cormorants, also three Great Crested Grebes with the odd Grey Heron and Little Egret.
Still it was good to get back out and do a little Birding for a change.




GREY HERON ( STITHIANS RES ).





LESSER-BLACK BACK GULL (STITHIANS RES ).





LESSER-BLACK BACK GULL ( STITHIANS RES ).


Sunday, 19 July 2015

BUTTERFLIES & FLIES ST GOTHIAN SANDS 17/07/15 - 18/07/15





A few images from Two trips to St Gothian Sands on  Friday & Saturday, Friday was a very dull morning with very little movement. Highlight was the first sighting of a Dark Green Fritillery this year.
On Saturday it was bright sunny and warm and there were butterflies and insects everywhere.
It just goes to show what good conditions can do.




Female Beautiful Demoiselle (St Gothian Sands ).




 Male Beautiful Demoiselle (St Gothian Sands 




Comma (St Gothian Sands )




Dark Green Fritillary (St Gothian Sands )




Green Veined White (St Gothian Sands )




Peacock (St Gothian Sands )




Small Copper (St Gothian Sands )




Small Tortoiseshell  (St Gothian Sands 





Tachinid Fly (St Gothian Sands ).

This monster flew past me and landed on a leaf, it was about 15-20mm in length and is the largest fly I haver ever seen, Still searching for its real name.





Sunday, 12 July 2015

ST GOTHIAN SANDS NR & CARNON VALLEY NR 12/07/2015



A few images from  visits to St Gothian Sands & Carnon Valley over the past few days, There now seems to be a better variety of species beginning to appear , so maybe the hunt for some more unusual ones  will occur. 







Black-Tailed Skimmer ( St Gothian Sands )




Brown Argus( St Gothian Sands )

This was a new species for me.




Comma  ( Carnon Valley NR )




Comma  ( St Gothian Sands )




Common Darter ( Carnon Valley NR ).




Fly Poecilobothrus Nobilitatus ( Lanner )

another new one this is about 8mm in length.


Sunday, 5 July 2015

CARNON VALLEY & ST GOTHIAN SANDS 05/07/2015





Sorry for the lack of posts over the last few weeks, I have been out a few times but not much in the way of different species  to put on.
The times I have been out the weather has been warm and sunny but always a brisk wind has been blowing, which is not good when you are trying to photograph small insects blowing around on flower heads.
So a few of the latest efforts are  below and hope July will  bring more out.




Beautiful Demoiselle  (St Gothian Sands )




Gatekeeper  (St Gothian Sands )




Hover Fly Volucella Pullucens  (St Gothian Sands )




Queen Wasp  (St Gothian Sands )




Red Legged Shield Bug Pentatoma Rufpes (Carnon Valley )




Ringlet  (St Gothian Sands )




Scarlet Tiger   (St Gothian Sands )




Silver Studded Blue  (St Gothian Sands )




Thursday, 11 June 2015

LANDS END & ST GOTHIAN SANDS11/6/2015





A few images from a couple of trips this week, the photo's from Lands End were taken on Sunday Morning, the ones from St Gothian Sands were taken on Thursday.





Beetle Gasthrophysa Viridula (St Gothian Sands ).




Family Tachinidae {Gonia Divisa } (St Gothian Sands )




FLY UNKNOWN ( ST GOTHIAN SANDS )

This one is only about 3mm in length and not in any of my books, also a quick look on line did not throw up any identification.




GREEN HAIRSTREAK. (LANDS END )




LARGE SKIPPER ( St Gothian Sands). )




WHITETHROAT ( LANDS END )




Friday, 5 June 2015

HARLEQUIN LANDYBIRD ST GOTHIAN SANDS NR 04/06/2015




Hi all this is the Harlequin Ladybird which arrived in the UK in 2004, lovely looking but has a bit of a reputation as a predator.
The Ladybird Survey is asking that any sightings in the UK are reported, I have just submitted this one.
The link to the survey is http://www.harlequin-survey.org/
 Their site gives you all the information about its activities, So if you spot any please send in a report.






Friday, 29 May 2015

BUGS & BUTTERFLIES & BIRD (W/E 29/05/2015



A few images taken during trips out in the past week. I Have managed a few new species I find this  very interesting because there are thousands to find and identify.





Beetle Cantharis Rustica( St Gothian Sands NR 




Beetle Oedemera Nobilis ( St Gothian Sands NR )




Capsid Bug ( St Gothian Sands NR )
This is a new one for me, and as of yet not managed to find the specific species.



Chaffinch ( Buller Downs )




Common Blue ( St Gothian Sands NR )




Hoverfly Volucella Bombylans ( St Gothian Sands )

There are two species of this Hoverfly which mimic the Red-Tailed and White -Tailed Bumble Bee.
This is also a new species. 



Orange Tip Female ( St Gothian Sands NR 




Shield Bug Coreus Marginatus ( St Gothian Sands NR 




Wall Brown( St Gothian Sands NR )




Monday, 18 May 2015

SARDINIAN WARBLER LANDS END 17/05/2015






1st Summer Male Sardinian Warbler at Lands end on Sunday Morning, this is the best I could get of about 10 shots.




Thursday, 14 May 2015

ST GOTHIAN SANDS 12/05/2015





A few images from a couple of hours spent at St Gothian Sands on Tuesday Morning.




Green Veined White  (St Gothian Sands )




Green Veined White  (St Gothian Sands )




Hover Fly Eupeodes Nitens ( St Gothian Sands ).




Small Copper (St Gothian Sands )




True Fly Rhingia Campestris ( St Gothian Sands ).




True Fly Tachina Fera ( St Gothian Sands ).




Wood White ( St Gothian Sands )