View from Stonebarrow Hill looking east towards Golden Cap.
Carpets of Green-winged Orchids...
... Bending in the 'breeze'
White flower with only colouration being the green veins on the wings.
This very unusual and striking plant had white flowers and purple labellum spots
A 'shocking pink' plant.
This afternoon a couple of texts from the old patch (thanks Bun and Ian M) alerted me to the presence of a Night Heron a bird which would be a lifer for me so I had to drop everything and head straight there. There has been a Night Heron on the patch before but just before I was 'in the loop' so I didn't see that one. I haven't made any effort to twitch one as I was always hoping one would show up nearby soon enough. I didn't think I'd have to wait NINE years though!
When I arrived it was showing pretty well, perched in a small oak tree next to the tower hide, it was rather obscured by branches though. It was also visibly exhausted and the only real movements it made were when it started to nod off and startled as it was about to fall off the branch. Poor soul. The weather was very dull and it soon started to rain but I managed to get a good digiscoped record shot. I hope it is able to feed tonight and perks up a bit. It would be a shame if it succumbs to the lovely British climate, it looked really sorry it ever came here!
It was quite well camouflaged in the tree next to a nice plastic bag.
A very tired Night Heron
Bird No. 355 for me.