Todays exercise saw me strolling alongside the River Mole on the outskirts of Leatherhead. Many of the wild flowers are suffering with the drought and some are already going to seed but still plenty of blooms around for the flutters and insects to feed on. I have been seeing Brown Hawkers nearly everywhere recently but they never seem to stop flying. Today was no different except one female was caught ovipositing while perched on a log on the river way, way below my feet.
Underwing of a Common Blue seeking nectar for lunch.
Once you've posted one Brimstone more seem to stop by for a photocall!
Still plenty of Specked Wood around.
While capturing this Common Darter a Kingfisher called and darted past me (one of several brief sightings).
I spent quite a while just sitting, my legs dangling over the river bank, watching these delightful creatures resting on the leaves just above the water while trying to imagine it was less humid than it really was! Mulling over a few things, as you do in these situations, I remembered a suggestion from Monty about using an extender with the 70-300 lens for close ups....so I then whiled away another half an hour or so testing out this set up and I'll share the results very soon. FAB.