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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Mostly Insects

Just catching up with some of the photos I took over the past couple of weeks mostly insects and heading for a Seawatch recently my first Wheatear of the Autumn on the headland of Seaton Sluice . Insects do catch my eye more so as I look for Dragonflies that are perhaps resting on trees or bushes ,this was the case of the black and yellow one which I noticed flitting around low through the vegetation I immediately thought it was some form of Wasp and spend about 20 minutes trying to get a shot to no avail, but I then picked one out elsewhere doing the same motion and finally one resting in the open , it was quickly I.D.but not as wasp but a true fly ,most of the insects I seem to find remain un identified but I still enjoy the challenge of trying to photograph them   

 Picromerus Bidens one of the Shield Bugs apparently easily identified by those so 80's shoulder Pads , there where actually two as you can just see the other at the top but it was very difficult just focusing on one
 Chrysotoxum  Bicinctum . This is what I thought was a very small wasp but it turned out to be one of the true flies
 A pair of Common Blue mating they where coupled like this for sometime and still coupled after I photographed them
 First Wheatear of the Autumn heading south at Seaton Sluice which seems to get few of them
 It was the colour of this that caught my eye plus the fact it just sat there as I stuck the camera closer and closer, not till I got the shots on the screen could I see it seems to be  sucking the life out of a small Caterpillar , as yet unnamed ?
Edit Thanks to NZ1982 for the I.D. of this smart little beast as a Shield Bug  Troilus luridus  which seems to be in the final Instar stage of three before reaching adult . Check out the blog NZ1982 he seems to constantly find something of interest, and probably a lot of birds you have seen over the years at East Chevington etc are down to him .
 Wall Brown on Knapweed and an interesting fly comes into the shot
Migrant Hawker oddly not seen as many as I would have thought given the good weather this one allowed very close inspection

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Dragonfly Season Ends

Well a few more Dragonfly photos as the season comes to an end these taken from a couple of locations  and some of the recent visitors to Cresswell pond 
 Ruddy Darter
 Common Darter
 Common Blue Damselfly
 Emerald Damselfly
 This Emperor flew around back and forth in front of me for most of my visit but would not land , imagine my surprise to find it just along the hedgerow as I left.

 One of the three Spotted Redshanks at Cresswell Pond this rather distant  shot is at the north end
 Greenshank from the hide via the cut through the reeds
Also Snipe feeding in front of the hide, Ruff, Dunlin , Avocet (1) and also a single Curlew Sandpiper present

Monday, 2 September 2013

Black Darters

Can't believe it's September already I'm still sorting through the images I took last month when I had my first Black Darter of the year a common enough species at the right habitat  but they can also be found just about anywhere. The only large dragonfly of note was a male Emperor but it just constantly patrolled the pond edge taking energy from the very warm sunshine . Lots and lots of Common Darters in the teneral stage of having just emerged and taken there first flight their wings always look as though they are made of cellophane, some very nice male Ruddy Darters around also they are a much deeper red with all black legs and a pinched in waist look, try as I could there was no sign of female Black Darter nor could I find any Female Ruddy Darters they would probably be around but I couldn't find any to photograph, 40-50 Common Darter flying in tandem the male clasping on to the female as she dipped into the pool to disperse her eggs and sometimes dipping in the long grass. What more could you ask of a year than sunny days looking for Dragonflies ,trying to just get that bit closer .
 Common Darters as the name suggests probably the most likely Darter you will come across

 Ruddy Darters have that nice deep red colouration
 Black Darter only a couple of males encountered so far