Friday, 24 July 2015

Birds and Butterflies...

It's been a good year so far for most wildlife, some species have had an exceptionally good year whilst others continue to struggle. At the time of writing I have yet to find an adder locally this year, surely a sign that they have declined beyond all expectations. Places I use to find them annually now seem to be completely devoid of them, despite prey animals being present. Worrying stuff. On the other hand many insects are thriving and my thanks to Dave Helliar for supplying the following photos taken locally in the south Somerset area during the past few weeks.

Common Blue: D. Helliar
Holly Blue: D. Helliar
An exquisite Silver-washed Fritillary: D. Helliar
Silver-washed Fritillary: D. Helliar
Comma: D. Helliar
Rutpela maculata: D. Helliar
Goat Moth: D. Helliar
Goat Moth: D. Helliar
Dave also saw this Emperor Dragonfly catch a Marbled White butterfly - large prey even for an Emperor!

Emperor Dragonfly with Marbled White: D. Helliar
Emperor Dragonfly with Marbled White: D. Helliar
Hoverfly Sp: D. Helliar
A few birds too:
Kingfisher: D. Helliar
Tufted Duck with brood: D. Helliar
Little-ringed Plover, Chard Res: D. Helliar
Greenshank: D. Helliar
I've not been too far this week but whilst searching for reps locally I had the following:

Common Centuary: R. Harris
Roe Deer: R. Harris
Loads of these - very good year for them, another SW Frit: R. Harris
Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara, male: R. Harris
Such stunning little lizards - you don't need to go far to find beautiful wildlife, it's right on your doorstep.

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