Thursday, 21 August 2014

Behind the Pond Fence.

Recent strolls around my patch at Epsom Common Great Pond haven't produced much in the way of bird sightings apart from the usual Grey Heron, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, an increasing number of visiting Canada Geese, Black-headed Gull, one Swallow and the occasional soaring Common Buzzard so the lens has been focused on other wildlife.

A Ruddy Darter sunning itself on the top fence rail.

White Admiral nectaring on the other side of the fence.

A very fresh 2nd brooded Holly Blue.

Access to the far side of the pond via the main gate proved a little problematical!! The odds were definitely stacked against me as the cattle, brought in during late Spring to help manage the landscape, weren't going to give up their tiny spot of shade plus the underfoot conditions were very unsavory so I decided to seek out another way. 

The alternative route to access the rear of the reed bed hidden behind the Gorse also provided its own particular challenge! Fortunately I managed to overcome this obstacle without getting 'hot wired'.

 Common Blue Damselflies in mating wheel.

Keeled Skimmer.

Finally a reverse view across the pond from within the reed bed towards my usual viewing point.  FAB.

Linking to Good Fences hosted by TexWisGirl.


  1. now YOU have the green summer scenes! laughed at the cattle crammed into the shade. :)

  2. Je moet er wel veel voor over hebben maar je serie is weer geweldig mooi geworden.

  3. great fences Frank. I like the ones all painted white and the damselflies mating is an amazing image.

  4. LOVE all pictures, Frank!
    The pound and surrounds looks beautiful!
    The photo of "Common Blue Damselflies" is stunning!
    The header photo is gorgeous too!

  5. What a beautiful walk and wonderful images! This looks like such a peaceful place!

  6. Nice photos, Frank. I really like the variety of fences!

  7. enjoyed the excursion with you. Kudos for fine shots.

  8. Thank you for a great post. I think the Keeled Skimmer has good camouflage.
    All the best.

  9. Thats a really nice Holly Blue Frank.

  10. HI Frank...I really like that first fence along the water, it looks like a pleasant walk!!
    Nice butterflies shot's!
    Glad you didn't get zapped our pooed ; )


  11. White Admiral, i have never seen one down here

  12. Lovely views of the countryside. The cows are great, no one shall pass by them.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  13. Gorgeous! I like the shadow cast by the fence in the first photo!

  14. The pond looks like a pretty spot for birding and checking out the wildlife.. Great fence scenes and love the crowd of cattle. Have a happy weekend!

  15. Fabulous assortment of images, love the countryside and the cows. Oh that red dragonfly, never see one of those.

  16. I adore that first fence, very crafty! The cows are adorable, even from behind! A most lovely bug show too. You always have such lovely captures, thank you.

  17. This is a great post with many wonderfl pictures. Bravo!
    Thanks for your visit and nice comment.

  18. What superb pictures of nature along with fence. I truly amazed by these Butterflies and Dragonflies I've never seen!

    Sincerely from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  19. An exceptionally interesting post with so many brilliant wildlife captures, and pretty walkways. I love the dragonflies, and the little Holly blue, and thats a lovely fence scene.

  20. The Holly Blue is gorgeous! I also like the photo of the mating Common Blue Damselflies. Great shots, Frank.

  21. What beautiful captures! I love seeing the cattle - their fur looks so soft. Even the insects are gorgeous! Glad you didn't get zapped from the electric fence!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my fence. Happy weekend!



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