Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius
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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Days out, and stuff

Off to see Adrian soon; he's stopped off at a campsite not too far from where I'm staying. A shame it's raining at the moment though.

Just two more from my visit to Talacre the other day.

 As the tide comes in, this saltmarsh will be covered by waders; and eventually the sea.

One of the sand dunes along this stretch of coast.

Moving on, I had a great day with some friends from Twitter and Blogland. Heather, Mike, and Shaun. A morning at Burton Mere, and then three of us went on to Hoylake, to watch the waders come in on the high tide.

A group of twitchers, that got larger once the news got out about the Semipalmated Sandpiper on the beach, and then a juvenile Caspian Gull
A great day in great company.

Here's a Curlew flying in at RSPB Conwy

and a pair of Common Darter, ensuring the future of their species.

 Amazing how she lays the eggs like that.

I'll end on a couple of spectacular insects.

First, a beetle.

A Sexton Beetle. They feed on dead animals; the cleaners of nature.

And finally, this beauty of a moth, with a great name.

 Merveille du Jour

 Enjoy the rest of your week.

Friday, 20 September 2013


Just the one picture.

A great place when the tourists have gone home.

Have a great weekend

Thursday, 12 September 2013

From Wales

A slow connection here, but I'll try to get round to everyone as soon as I can.
And it's now raining; so back to normal in the weather department.

First up, an oddity. These are usually blue.


I've had the moth trap out a couple of times, and found some rather nice moths. I won't bore the arse off you with loads of pictures; just a couple.

Pink-barred Sallow on the left and Centre-barred Sallow on the right.

And there have been lots of these around,

Autumnal Rustic

A nice find out in one of the fields, was a dragon I've not met before.

Black Darter. Britain's smallest Dragonfly, at 32 mm. In English that's about an inch and a quarter.

Again, out in the fields, a plant I've not seen for a while,

Devil's-bit Scabious

A flight shot


A standing shot

Pied Wagtail

Since I started with an oddity, I'll finish on one.
Along the north coast, there has been a couple of sightings of a leucistic Oystercatcher. I caught up with it yesterday, on a visit to Llanfairfechan with a bunch of regular ones. Sadly they were a bit far out, so really just record shots.

Three, because I was excited.

That's it for now. Have fun, and be safe.

Monday, 2 September 2013

One before I go

I won't be on here for a little while, so a quick post to fill in for now.

The moth trap got off to a shaky start. After one session, the battery charger decide to die on me. This meant the 'portable' trap wasn't as portable as I wanted. I couldn't re-charge the battery. All sorted now though.

Here's a picture of one of the moths from the trap.

Copper Underwing, just about to take off, after having a few pictures taken. Certainly shows how it got its name.

Last month I spent about an hour in the company of a family of Spotted Flycatchers, that were at a nearby reservoir.


The next one is a delightfully named wildflower I found last month.

 Dragon's Teeth

My Buddleia in the garden, has been a magnet for butterflies recently. I was very pleased when this one turned up. First time I've had this beauty visit the garden.

Painted Lady

A slightly different view of a moth.

Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing

A nice little rarity found the other day, whilst out with Trevor. We were searching for Clouded Yellow butterflies. We did see one, as it zoomed past, but no picture. I did mange this though

Chiltern Gentian. Found in only a few places. And they didn't move.

And to end on, another nice little rarity. A trip yesterday to Frampton Marsh, to see a cracking bird. No, I haven't gone all 'twitchy'; it's just a cracking reserve to visit.


Enjoy your week.