There were a few people in Wat Tyler CP today looking for the Southern migrant hawker dragonfly. If you are unfamiliar with this species see my last post. Today I was unable to use my long lens so didn’t get any more of it in flight, but at the end of the day I got…Details
In 2010 a number of Southern migrant hawker dragonflies (Aeshna affinis) turned up at Hadleigh Country Park, a few miles East of Wat Tyler CP. They also turned up at Vange Wick (not Vange Marsh) just to the south of Wat Tyler CP, so I’ve been hoping they would turn up here. Last year, I…Details
On Sunday I visited Crockford Bridge, a stream well known for its dragon and damselflies. My target species was the southern damselfly, one of the rarest species in the UK and one I had never seen. It didn’t take me long to find one! Here is a pic of my first ever southern damselfly! They…Details
I’m a bit of a pond dipper, as some regular readers will have worked out, but there is one species that has always eluded me, the water stick insect. This year I saw a preserved specimen and a captive one (which I never managed to photograph), but never before had I seen a live wild…Details
The rubbish weather so far this summer has stopped me getting much in the way of macro shots at all, let alone of the local speciality, the scarce emerald damselfly. However the improved weather last week did let me get the following.
Having realised how rubbish my wildlife stalking technique was on a trip to Scotland, when an opportunity has presented itself to practise, I’ve had a go. A couple of weeks ago I came across one of the (usually a bit wary) rabbits in Wat Tyler, in an area less likely for dogs to appear so…Details
I should probably start this post by warning that there are GRAPHIC images of nature in the raw (please forgive the cliché). It features a gull doing what it does best (scavenging) and what it needs to survive. If you of one of those people that don’t ‘do’ nature, probably best to skip this post!…Details