A few from a sunny Minsmere.

It was a beautiful afternoon on Wednesday so Limpy and I decided to spend a few hours at Minsmere.  It was a bit on the quiet side bird-wise but the same couldn't be said of the insect life:

Speckled wood butterfly

Four spotted chaser dragonfly

A pair of common blue damselflies in flagrante delicto!

I love common terns.  This one was hovering near the Wildlife Lookout.

Another common tern, from the South Hide.  Love the attitude!

An avocet coming in to land.

Finishing with a black-headed gull overlooking the South Scrape.  Sadly, there were fewer of these on the Scrape than usual, with fewer chicks - but on the plus side, I'm told there are more avocet chicks around.

Hope you enjoy these.

Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • Really did enjoy your excellent pics Clare, so clear & colourful!

    BTW, there is a Herring Gull visitor to the garden feeders  practically every day this past week, very unusual, must be desperate to brave such an enclosed space!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

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  • Thanks, Wendy. I wonder if your gull has a family in the vicinity? Herring gulls will turn up in all sorts of places looking for food - I can still remember the one who regularly helped itself to crisps from a local shop, and another who ended up in a vat of curry sauce and had to be rescued (and washed!).

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • Really lovely pics Clare. Good to see the insects aswell as the birds

    (Pardon the Scottish Accent)

  • Wonderful photos, Clare--thanks! Great that you and Limpy managed to get to Minsmere. We met with a couple of other Forumates at Leighton Moss last week and LM was fairly quiet for birds, too, but it is a shame that you two and other folks could not be there with us. However, we did have fabulous views of a male, a female and a couple of newly-fledged juvenile Marsh Harriers as well as a few other birds there. Hazel and Mike even saw the Spoonbills (don't know if you saw her pics on another thread), but that was too much walking for me, as well as far too early in the morning, so we met them for lunch instead!

    Kind regards, 

    Ann

  • In reply to Clare:

    Here's my Gull on 20th June

    They never used to land due to confined space & the resident Kestrels but since Colin not around so often these days .............!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • A lovely selection of shots as always, Clare. I'm no expert on Damselflies, but I do wonder if your Common Blues may actually be Variable Damselflies? The markings on S2 on the male doesn't look right to me for a male Common Blue, although as I've already said, I'm far from an expert on this. Might be worth getting a more educated opinion.

    My bird photos HERE

  • I honestly don't know, Paul - I have to ask about most insects! For some reason they don't stick in my memory, however hard I try to remember them.

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.

  • Love your four spotted Chaser Clare, and the "inflagrante" Damselflies (do you mean having a hop skip and jump?!!)
    Superb photos of the Terns, and the B/headed Gull is beautiful.

    Lot to learn

  • Some great photos again Clare. Particularly like the avocet coming in to land. Dare I say it's one of your best yet!
  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    gaynorsl said:
    do you mean having a hop skip and jump?!!

    I mean indulging in a little boogie woogie.

    Our herring gulls are red listed birds.  Think about that the next time you hear some flaming idiot calling for a cull of them.