Sunday, 23 June 2013

Couple of half decent images from today

Went down looking for Marsh Frits - no luck Did meet me old mate "Andy" who lives under one of my tins. His belly was swollen!

Andy the adder

Also when the sun came out there was a few insects on the wing.
4 Spotted Chaser



Captured on cam!

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Look what was captured on cam last week! I have been trying to get footage of otters (which I know are occasional visitors to the Farm). A very good substitute strolled on cam! There have been 2 previous sightings of Roe Deer at the Farm (both bucks) and there have been a lot of deer prints this year - hopefully we have some residents.  I also captured this little guy letting others know that the boardwalk is his! Also 2 Marsh Fritts were reported on the 21st June. To look for Marsh Fritts walk along the small boardwalk towards Dragonfly Ponds and turn left before going into Dragonfly Ponds field - follow the hedgerow and keep looking! Alternatively they are often at the southern end of the big boardwalk (just outside the gate at end of boardwalk). If it is sunny next week they will be there.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Flora

Here a couple of shots of some of the flora in bloom at the moment. The Pygmy Rush is nationally under threat and Windmill Farm has greatly contributed to its survival. The Foxglove is being inspected by a Silver Y moth.

Heath Spotted Orchid

Pygmy Rush

Foxglove and Silver Y

Dragons and Dams

I visited the Farm on 4 consecutive days last week (Mon - Fri) as the weather was pretty favourable for Marsh Fritillaries - alas I did not find any. I am hoping that we have not lost our colony. Anyway the Dragon and Damselflys took advantage of the sunny weather. Here are some of the shots that I took (all hand held):


Male Beautiful Damselfly

Female Beautiful Damselfly
 
Large Red Damselfly

What you looking at?
 
Azure Damsels
  
Broad Bodied Chaser

Black Tailed Skimmer

Common Blue Damsels
 
Blue Tailed Damsel


I will get the tripod out next time and get some sharper images!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Emergence

I went down today specifically looking for the emergence of Marsh Fritalliries and Emperor Dragonflys. I was successful on the latter. I saw a nymph climb up a reed and here is what occurred:


1.Here he comes - what a great sight! This creature has been lurking in the pond for a year.


2.The emerging dragonfly was not climbing up the plant - it seems to have flipped downwards.


3. Still going downward! It then dropped into the water! Cue the rescue - wellies and socks off I waded out and got him/her.


4. I put him on some gorse to dry out and he was moving. I then went for a walk.



5. This is what I found when I came back - gutted!

On a happier note here are a pair of Azure Damselflys: