Monday, 30 November 2009

Sunday, 2 August 2009


Dan and I decided to do a bit bit of trapping at Arlesy Old Moat Nature reserve. It was a cold night and our hopes weren't high so imagine our suprise when we looked on at 3 huge Poplar Hawkmoths in the trap. These guys are absolute monsters! We also had several Swallow Prominents and a Chocolate Tip.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Friday, 26 June 2009

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Two Butterflies and a Gropper

Okay so this is another post featuring exactly zero birds but it is summer and so butterflies can't help but take centre stage for a while! I hadn't been out birding (butterflying) for a while so decided to go for a summer stroll with my girlfriend around Rutland Water. After introducing her to her first Grass Snake we spotted what turned out to be a Large Skipper, the first lifer of the day. I then got a suprise as I heard a Grasshopper Warbler reeling away just the other side of a bush. I eventually managed to get good, albiet short views of the bird- a nice yearer! On the way back I picked up my second butterfly lifer in the form of a Speckled Wood. All in all, a very nice day. This butterflying is addictive!

(Strange looking bug. No idea what it is but there were loads of them so obviously nothing rare)