Although we’ve seen them in the UK on many occasions, we have never been quite so close to Rose-ringed Parakeets as we were on the terrace of our hotel in Cascais, Portugal. A few parakeets would visit the palm trees next to the terrace, attracted by the palm nuts, most evenings around 5pm ….just as we were starting to relax with a cool beer.
Lyme Park in Derbyshire is a beautiful place to walk and a great place to see Red Deer. The main herd is clearly visible and, hidden in the long grass some distance from the herd, there are a small number of challenger stags… preparing to rut with the boss any day soon.
Common and widespread in the UK but no less interesting for that. This female had a web on our patio.
The Brimstone is the longest living British butterfly and is thought to be the original ‘butter coloured-fly’. It is a fairly unusual visitor to our garden and, if I do see one, it rarely hangs around long enough for me to get a decent photo. However, this one obliged.
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.