Friday, 3 July 2015

A few from over the last week (non-feathered type).

 Apologies to anyone who reads this blog for the lack of content of late. Getting the time and weather to have a wander seems to be getting rarer as I get older -thought it would be the opposite!

Last Saturday saw me on Cleadon hills for the first time in a while, to see a big bird do a pass over...Whilst here picked my second Painted lady of the year up (this number increased during the week) and Chimney sweeper moths out in force. As also they can be a pain the butt to get a shot of.

 The last Vulcan in the sky, worth the effort to see this.

Last Saturday afternoon It was down to Bishop middleham quarry for the annual visit, it's just a fantastic site that has to be done !
 The tricky subject matter of separating Brown argus began again, a one I'm still not fully confident with.
 Been told all the shot's look ok for 'Northern'
 Still a learning curve with many butterflies.
 Also seen my first Ringlet of the year here.

Last Sunday I had a wander on the South Shields pier, didn't expect to see a great deal but that soon changed. Picked up a few fins breaking the surface a fair way out heading north from about half way along here. Continued to the pier end living in hope they'd pass closer for better views.
 The pod of about 10 Bottle nosed seem to split up when I reached the end of the pier and four of them did come in closer including calf.

 Common blue male
 Large skipper
 The only Dingy skipper I've seen this year taken at the Scotch est. dene Jarrow. (missed the boat last month). But good to know 8 were recorded at Boldon.

Scotch est. dene did provide my best count to date of Banded demoiselles earlier this week here, 18 at least picked up at 3 different spots here on this small section of the Don. Could well have been more! At one point I had 7 sat within a metre or so of each other.
  It's always a pleasure to watch these belters.Love watching their behaviour.
 And 3 Broad-bodied chaser around the pond (what's left of it waterwise) here. Another couple seen in the Boldon area.

Small skipper

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