Lovely sunny day! Which was a good thing for a Reptile Survey Day. Paul Wilkinson from the Canal & River Trust took the group round, to check out all possible sites on HC. I can only speak for myself, but I saw 4 Common Lizards, and I think other people in the group actually saw more…


Also got to see 2 Slow-worms, one small young one. Also this larger female. expertly caught by Paul…


The group also got to see 3 Green Tiger Beetles, with this pair obviously mating. This is the first ever time I have observed this…


The first Orange-tip I have seen this year was spotted by someone in the group. When I arrived it had its wings open, showing those beautiful orange tipped wings. Just got the camera focused on it, and a slight breeze made it close its wings. Also the breeze didn’t help me when it came to focusing. Waiting for the wind to drop, I fell behind the group. So this was the best photo I managed…


Also got to see a new Beetle. This one is called a Black Carrion Beetle (Silpha atrata)…


Never mind Tiptoe through the Tulips. This Male Pheasant Tiptoes to the Seed…

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At the Wardens Office there were 3 moths…

Early Grey…

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Brindled Pug…


Also this moth again, which is splitting opinion. Some think its another Brindled Pug, and others think its a Mottled Pug. Looking at loads of images in books, and apps. I’m siding with the latter…



4 thoughts on “18.4.15.

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    Super site found it easily following our chat the other afternoon. Your varied wildlife shots are very professional and I shall enjoy going through your diary. Thanks Mike (and his Westie)

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