On Thursday and again today Steve and I went butterfly hunting in Somerset, although if you're a follower of Steve's blog you'll already know this. In fact I could just pop in a hyperkink to his blog here and save me the trouble of writing anything! No.I've started so I'll finish. The woodland where we were hoping to see Duke of Burgundy is where we usually go at this time of year to hear (and hopefully see) Nightingales. We usually go at dusk, when it's cold and the midges are biting, but never again! On Thursday's visit (at around midday) I got my best ever views, and several were in really good voice too! ;-)
We managed to see a Duke of Burgundy today, a lone female ( I think), although it was great to see (a lifer for us both) it was also a little bit disheartening to know how poorly this species is doing in the UK. It may well become extinct here in the not too distant future. Such a shame. Other lifers were Grizzled Skipper and the 'aesthetically challenged' though non the less fascinating, Bird's Nest Orchid. And best of, best of, best of all! It was warm and sunny! :-)
Anyway enough waffling, here are a few pics.
This was the first one of these I've seen stationary.
A Bee Fly.
Steve stalking a Grizzled Skipper, can you see it? It's very small.
Whilst I was trying to move a blade of grass from in front of the Duke of Burgundy in order to get a better photo she moved over onto my finger! A 'magic moment' What a privilege!
Small definitely IS beautiful!
Bird's Nest Orchid
When Steve saw these he said " Ugh! That's the worst thing I've ever seen!"
If that wasn't hyperbole then he's led a very sheltered life and needs to get out more!
Close ups of the flowers show that they have the typical orchid structure. I must admit they haven't a lot going for them in the looks department, but they're interesting and that's alright by me!
Talking of interesting, it's Lundy Cabbage day tomorrow and I can barely contain my excitement. Early start too so it's off to bed for me. Night night.