A few pictorial images from our Norfolk trip. At Strumpshaw this morning, the poppies were irresistable against the barley field and blue sky and even the nettles looked great backlit by the sun. A Hare popped out while we were admiring the poppies but I wasn't tall enough to get the whole animal (see Phil's Blog for whole animal).
In the afternoon we revisited Lakenheath and were amazed at the difference from the cold windy Saturday visit. We had lots of views of Bitterns, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker. A am impressed by the Bittern's camouflage - the legs exactly mimic a diagonal reed in my photo.
Monday, May 30, 2011
A wonderful experience today watching a dozen or more Swallowtail butterflies on Strumpshaw Fen. The warm sunshine brought them out and they fed on the brambles and irises, rested on the reeds and flew up in fighting groups. Disappointed not to get better flight pictures - will have to have another go.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
A few pictures of the Marsh Harriers at Strumpshaw Fen this morning. It was still very windy though quite bright with a few sunny intervals so a bit better for bird photography. With the wind, there were not many insects around - was hoping for the Swallowtail butterflies.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Very windy, cool and some rain at lakenheath so not ideal bird photography conditions so was please to come away with one or two shots that I like including my first ever photo of a Bittern. Not the sharpest image but shows the golden plumage and green legs. The Sand Martin is also a first and I am also happy with the Heron, Whitethroat and Reed Bunting.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Visited Burwash Manor Farm for the first time this year to try hand at the Dragons. Lots of Emperors around as well as Azure Damselflies. Delighted to get a pair of sparring Emperors complete with water droplets (1/2500th second) but they were only small part of the frame unfortunately. There seemed to be an abundance of Male Azure damselflies so that when a coupled pair were attempting to lay in the water, they were constantly 'bombed' by batallions of males.