Sunday, 18 June 2017

Dragonflies and Butterflies, Moths and Insects


The past few weeks have been spent with Dragonflies, Butterflies, Moths and Insects :)
We have had some amazing days out doing Dragonflies and Damselflies and Butterflies love all my insects find it so much fun and never get bored :)
The highlight of the last few weeks has been the Red-veined Darter's that Dave found at Marsh Lane Nature Reserve a very exciting moment and stunning Dragonflies so beautiful :) Also Dave found a very early Common Darter possibly the earliest record in Warwickshire.
We have also had a couple of trips to Stockton Cutting an amazing place and saw my first ever Green Tiger Beetle amazing beetles, we also had White-legged Damselfly, Grizzled Skipper and Dingy Skipper :) Then are second trip was to look for Clearwing Moths we put the Six-belted Clearwing Lure up took a little while but then the first one came in they are stunning just love the wings there fascinating in the end we had 6 :)


Red-veined Darter - Marsh Lane NR

Red-veined Darter - Marsh Lane NR

Red-veined Darter - Marsh Lane NR

White-legged Damselfly - Stockton Cutting

Dingy Skipper - Stockton Cutting

Grizzled Skipper - Stockton Cutting 

Green Tiger Beetle

Green Tiger Beetle

Green Tiger Beetle


Six-belted Clearwing - Stockton Cutting



Also at Marsh Lane Nature Reserve we have had lovely views of Four-spotted Chaser, Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor and lot's of other beauties :)  


Four-spotted Chaser - Marsh Lane NR

Common Darter - Marsh Lane NR


Emperor Dragonfly- Marsh Lane NR

Black-tailed Skimmer - Marsh Lane NR

Azure Damselfly - Marsh Lane NR


Blue-tailed Damselfly (Immature) - Marsh Lane NR

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Immature) - Marsh Lane NR

Black-tailed Skimmer - Marsh Lane NR

Black-tailed Skimmer exuvia - Marsh Lane NR

Black-tailed Skimmer - Marsh Lane NR

Black-tailed Skimmer - Marsh Lane NR

Black-tailed Skimmer - Marsh Lane NR

Black-tailed Skimmer - Marsh Lane NR

Black-tailed Skimmer - Marsh Lane NR

Blue-tailed Damselfly (Immature) - Marsh Lane NR

Bee Orchid

Southern Marsh Orchid




We also had are first Cockchafer in Dave's garden attracted to moth trap I was like an excited child I was so excited I had always wanted to see one there amazing.
Also when we were at Glapthorn, Northamptonshire the weekend I saw my first ever Ruby-tailed Wasp a dream insect for me there so beautiful but I thought it was a fly and knocked it away but then it landed on the car and then I saw and my eyes lit up I went babe its a Ruby-tailed Wasp then it flew and couldn't see it again but just so happy I actually managed to see one :) 

Cockchafer

Cockchafer

Cockchafer


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Night Heron - Dingle Gardens, Shrewsbury, Shropshire


A dream day in Shrewsbury at Dingle Gardens with the very very showy Night Heron he was showing as soon as we got there so beautiful I was so excited he gave us amazing views felt like a dream with Night Herons being special birds to me as it's the bird that brought Me and Dave together so to get such amazing views of one is out of this world, I know you can'e always have views like this of birds but to me this is what watching birds is about this is the type of bird watching and bird photography I love :)
Dingle Gardens is an amazing beautiful place the flowers are out of this world and the water fountain and such a relaxing place everyone so polite and all happy to see and learn about the bird, it was a lovely day Night heron is definitely one of my fav birds :) big thank you to Dave for taking me :)
I will have to go back again I could live there the gardens, the town with the black and white buildings is just down my street :)
Places like this make you think that we are surrounded by such beauty even in busy towns and citys there are still beautiful gardens, parks, woods always places we can for tranquil in a very hectic world we have to make the most of these beautiful places and beautiful moments we are part of nature so we should enjoy it and make the most of all the beauty :)

















Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Spotted Sandpiper - Belvide Reservoir, Staffordshire


A great day with the Spotted Sandpiper at Belvide Reservoir stunning bird those spots really stand out and we had lovely views still a little distant for my camera and hard work because the hide was packed with people but just glad I saw him a lifer for me and wading birds just fascinate me love them :)
Such a lovely reserve would love to go back again and go insect hunting that would be great fun can image theres some beauties to be seen there :)




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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Cannock Chase - Adder and Summer Migrants

 A spectacular day at Cannock Chase with Summer Migrants, lovely views of Spotted Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Tree Pipit and amazing views again of Tree Pipit they make me smile there not bothered at all by us lovely birds :)
The main highlight of the day was an Adder we had heard people walk past and mention Adder so we walked down the path and there it was out in the open on the path it was so much smaller than I though and so so beautiful I felt like crying I actually had tears in my eyes I had always wanted to see an Adder I love snakes and this was my best view of any snake and my only ever snake in England this moment will stay with me forever a dream come true, but then on closer inspection we realised the poor Adder had possibly been run over by a cyclist or poorly but there did some to be some damage on him but hard to tell he was very alert and the brave Dave managed to make a forked stick and moved the Adder to somewhere sunny and safe out of harms way :) I just pray he will of been ok but we did all we could to give him the best chance and i'm so proud of Dave he has a fear of Snakes but loves them too but I know deep down how scared he would of been but he showed no hesitation just went straight to help without a second thought bless him :)
I'm so honoured to of seen this wonderful snake just wish he hadn't of been injured but hopefully he would of been fine :)

The Beautiful Adder


The Beautiful Adder

Cannock chase wooded area

Cannock chase Wooded area

Cannock chase Wooded area