7.6.15.

By far the nicest day on HC this year!

After the sad start to yesterday. Today was very much the opposite. After seeing the Little Owl a number of times, today was the first time I managed a few photos…

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This Buzzard needed a rest, after being chased and mobbed across the Triangle Heath by 2 Jackdaws. I thought the Jackdaws would carry on bombarding it, but instead they obviously needed a rest too, on this warm early morning…

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Not far away from above Buzzard and Jackdaws, was this Whitethroat…

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Also down the lane, I spotted another Red-legged Partridge (Top) and a Skylark (Bottom)…

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Tree Pipits were singing this morning…

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I saw 2 Kestrels. The first was being pestered by a Magpie above The Island Pool. You can see the Kestrel in the top photo looking at the Magpie. The 2nd was hunting on Goldie Heath. It did land in amongst the heather, but came up with no prey…

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Like yesterday I saw good numbers of Long-tailed Tits. Its hard to resist taking photos of their young, so here are 2 more…

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Nuthatch tip-toeing through the tree tops…

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Photographed my 1st Large Skipper this year…

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It was nice to see both Male and Female Broad-bodied Chasers today. The Female was on Brants Hill, almost in the same place I had seen the Male a few weeks ago. The Male today was on The Island Pool. Luckily me and Ken was told about this by Alan, who was trying to see it again, after it had flew into the wood. We didn’t have to wait long, before it skimmed the pond, and then landed on a branch, almost next to all of us…

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I was starting to think the bad weather recently had killed off all the Speckled Woods. But I did spot this one in amongst the Bracken…

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Nice to see a Cockchafer in its natural surroundings. I was amazed how big they look in flight. Luckily it landed on a very high up leaf so at least I got this photo…

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Like the Long-tailed Tits, its always hard to pass up a chance to photograph Common Blue butterflies. So here are 4 more of this beautiful butterfly. The top photo has got a Garden Chafer in flight. The bottom Common Blue  seems in very bad condition (probably after recent bad weather) but it does show how they are still on the look out for food, and for the possibility of mating with a female…

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After taking this Small Heath I realised it had landed on a low growing plant that I did not see on my Flower Day last Saturday. So now I need to find identification of this pretty Pink Flower….

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If last year is anything to go by…This will be the 1st of many Brown China-marks we will see this year…

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I’m checking on these next flies. I think they maybe Cluster Flies. The leaf was acting like a bit of a run-way for them. As one took off another one landed…

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Talking of Flies, there seemed loads of Black Fly Aphids about today. I once accidentally brushed past some of these, and was covered all over my neck and face. I still have the nightmares…

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Good numbers of Lacewing this year…

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I have seen this next Ladybird a few times. But never knew its name. I always thought it would be called a 2 Spot Ladybird. But you live and learn. This small (4-6mm) Ladybird is actually called a Kidney-spot Ladybird. For obvious reasons…

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This next Sawfly is the same species I photographed a while ago. But it still remains unidentified. So I will post this better photo to iSpot, in hope somebody may recognise it this time…

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Nursery Web Spider. The size of this abdomen suggests it maybe pregnant. But i could be wrong…

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