29th July. Having been on patch with Sam a couple of days ago I knew it was quiet although we have been keeping a close eye on one or two developments. We decided to try for butterflies. The sun was out and this in mid to late afternoon meant that the Small Skippers and Meadow Browns were mobile and not allowing a decent chance of photographs. The Frog was a little more obliging, at least it was eventually after much jumping about.
Common Blue Damselfly
I took an early morning stroll down to the lake today and found a Grey Heron on the floating ‘thing’ and unperturbed by my presence. The base of the floating reed-bed is just an eyesore now and has been bent and twisted since the high waters in the past few weeks. The Coots are still managing to nest there. The Greylag Geese which raised young here last year gave up the ghost this time around.
There were ten Common Terns flying up and down the lake and giving the chance of further practice with the camera. Swallows and House Martins were well out numbered, as they have been most of the summer, by approximately twenty/twentyfive Swifts. I’d heard on the radio that many Swifts have left the U K and the bad weather behind them.
Small Skipper Butterfly
Just thought I'd give the post title an Olympian feel in the event (if you'll excuse the unintended pun) of anyone not getting enough.