Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Rural and Rustic.


During a walk earlier this week I trod various footpaths bordered by wooden fences that traditionally enclose pastures and paddocks throughout my home County.

The top rail of any wooden fence is always a good spot to find a Common Darter resting and soaking up the late summer sunshine.

A view across the gently rolling rural landscape of The Weald with its unkempt meadows surrounded by woodland and the manicured lawns of a local Polo Club in the distance.

Unfortunately very few butterflies were logged during this walk. The most numerous were Speckled Wood (above) that frequent the damper woodland areas, a few Green-veined Whites, Red Admiral, Small Copper (for images see my previous post) plus a totally unexpected female Brown Hairstreak. 

 Of course some fences are in much better shape than others.   FAB.

Linking to Good Fences hosted by TexWisGirl.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Solitary Small Copper.


During a butterfly foray today close to the southernmost border of Surrey I came across a  solitary but very restless Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) flying around and occasionally landing to feed on one of the many patches of Common Fleabane, its  popular nectar source.



All images taken with the PowerShot SX50 HS.   FAB.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Migrant Hawker.


I don't know whether I have been unobservant in past summers but I seem to have seen far more Migrant Hawkers (Aeshna mixta) this year than ever before or maybe I've just been in the right location at the right time.
Whilst I published a couple of images a month ago taken last September a very recent visit to The London Wetland Centre at Barnes provided an opportunity to grab a few up to date shots of this delightful dragonfly as there were plenty of males hawking low around the waterside fringes.
 The only females I spotted were attached in tandem to their partners.


I tried desperately to get a head-on in flight shot but for some reason they only wanted to hover just above the reeds pointing towards the water! Obviously far more interested in finding a mate than pleasing the whims and wishes of a wildlife watcher.

At least the image shows how each wing works independently of the others thus enabling these Hawkers to both hover and undertake those intricate movements in any direction they desire.  FAB.

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