I had noted reports of a Great White Egret frequenting Penn Pond in Richmond Park over the past couple of weeks so took the opportunity today to pay a visit. Whilst I had good views through the bins the subject was at extreme range for my lens but here are a few record (cropped) shots.
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Saturday, 20 October 2018
During a very recent camping holiday in the New Forest we made a visit to Keyhaven Marshes and spent a few hours wandering along the coastal path.
Numerous individuals were seen feeding and flying around the muddy margins at Keyhaven harbour.
One of two Northern Wheatear seen along the shoreline feeding up before continuing their southerly migration.
Little Egrets - Fishing and flying.
The inland pools produced sightings of various waders including Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit and a very brief visit by a Temminck's Stint but the most exciting sighting was of two juvenile Grey Phalarope.
[Juvenile - 1st Winter] Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicaius)
This small wader, similar in size to a Dunlin, is listed in most guides as a Red Phalarope but commonly referred to as the Grey. Distinguished from its close relative, the Red-necked, by its slightly thicker bill and pale grey scapulars.
Tuesday, 7 August 2018
On my last two weekly walks I thought the conditions were ideal for butterflies, with temperatures in the mid 20's and plenty of sunshine, but only 10 separate species were logged and in very low numbers. However the photo opportunities for several species; all seen in Section 4, a large open glade; made up for the lack of overall activity.
The highest tally of just 10 for an individual species was the diminutive Brown Argus
Flying in the same area as the Brown Argus were several male Common Blues, the first of two new species recorded on the transect since I started in 2015, but I only managed an underwing shot (below).
The second new sighting was the Small Copper (below) with 5 individuals counted over the last two weeks.
This little flutter definitely thrives in hot, sunny conditions. In good years three or even four broods might be produced but if the summer weather turns cool and wet the populations crash and can take several years to recover.