As the flying season progresses, the territorial battles and mating takes it toll as evidenced by these images captured today during a few hours around Bookham Common.
Even I was glad of some shade as I tramped the woodland pathways.
Other species seen were Brimstone (posted on FABirding), Common Blue, Comma, Meadow Brown and Purple Hairstreak. Dragons and Damsels were also on the wing including, Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer, Common Darter, Large Red and Common Blue Damselfly. Avian species were fairly quiet but Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Mallard, Coot, Little Grebe, Blackcap, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Grey Heron, Jay, Jackdaw, Crow and Magpie were seen or heard. As I departed from the car park a juvenile Common Buzzard floated out of the woodland, headed out over the nearby fields and scattered all the local Woodpigeons to the four winds......FAB.