It’s not easy to pick up birds of prey at Westonbirt during summer because, even when they perch, they usually do so in positions obscured by foliage. Just for a change though, I found this Buzzard in a bare tree and he stayed there just long enough for me to get a couple of shots.
You don’t see many bulls at Westonbirt but, at this time of the year, there are dragons everywhere. I believe this dragon is a Southern hawker dragonfly and the bulls are a male and a female bullfinch.
We seem to have a plague of moths in our house this year – but few are as pretty as this Yellow Shell.
We had a really good walk around the Barbary Castle area with The Marlborough Downs: A Space For Nature group looking for butterflies and moths. Butterflies included: Small & Essex skipper; Small tortoiseshell; Red admiral; Small & Chalkhill blue; Marbled white; Meadow brown and Ringlet. Plus Five & Six spot burnet moths.
Our walk on the historic Ridgeway in Wiltshire was pleasantly interrupted by Marbled Whites, Ringlets and Small Skippers. Plus – a whole host of other flying beasts that didn’t want their pictures taken.
Eurasian Coots are common birds across Europe and Asia but – the Coots of Copenhagen’s Botanical Garden seem to have more pronounced frontal shields and feathered lobes on their feet. The Coots we are used to seeing in the UK just don’t look quite as grand as these!
At this time of year the National Arboretum at Westonbirt is alive with butterflies and dragonflies. Neither seem to want to pose for my camera but I have far more success with butterflies than dragonflies. Here we have a Ringlet and a Meadow brown.
Ringlet – Aphantopus hyperantus
Meadow brown – Maniola jurtina