|Peacock Butterfly (Inachis Io) in the wildlife garden area.|
|The marsh and Forge Mill Lake looking fine!|
|Comma butterfly (Polygonia c-album) on Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). Those Orange Tips were too quick to photograph though!|
Down at the hide, the Oystercatchers appeared to be incubating eggs - they had cleverly chosen as their nest site a small area that had been fenced off to try and protect nesting waders from the marauding tramplings of Canada Geese. This doesn't appear to have been entirely successful as there was also a Canada Goose sitting withing the fenced area! However the Oystercatchers weren't fazed by the geese, and maybe it will prove a wise choice as the geese could assist with chasing off predators. During the day we saw the male and female swap over a few times, taking turns to sit on the eggs. Something they definitely were fazed by were the several juvenile Grey Herons which flew overhead a few times - this was guaranteed to set off the Oystercatchers a'squawking.
|Nesting Oystercatcher, with an attendant Canada Goose. My digiscoping efforts I think are slowly improving :o)|
|Don't nest there, it's shoddy.|
|I'm a Tufted Duck! I'm a Tufted Duck! I'm a Tufted Duck!|
|This was probably the best one.....only a tiny bit of vignetting...|
|Digiscoped Little Ringed Plover....shame it's not quite in focus!|
|Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper sketches. The Little Ringed Plover on the left hand page is my favourite. I was trying, but not quite succeeding, to nail the head patterns in the two bottom right sketches.|
|Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis).|
|I'm going to hazard a guess at..... Creeping Cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans). Might have to wait until it flowers though for confirmation!|
I also spotted a white butterfly and I can't decide whether it was Small White or a female Orange Tip, my butterfly ID skills are still in their infancy! I'm inclined to think Orange Tip due to the time of year (a bit early for Whites?), unfortunately this is not a good photo, but if anyone can tell from this picture I would welcome that! :o)
|Male Small White (Pieris rapae) or female Orange Tip (Anthocharis cardamines)?|
Also in other news, I finally took my thumb to the GP this morn, who diagnosed De Quervain's tenosynovitis, likely to be brought about by my intensive note-taking with poor writing technique from my studies. The best course of action is definitely resting the area completely so I am going to stop my paintings again for a while as I really want this to recover now (if it doesn't, the next step is steroid injections and I don't like the sound of that!) So alas, there will be no paintings for a while and I will be using the time instead to ice and stretch my thumb!