Sunday, 16 August 2009
Jessica Ennis, our new World Champion
Friday, 14 August 2009
Angels and Morris men
Today the Littlehampton lifeboats were practicing receiving a rescuer from a helicopter. Last week outside the White Horse at Maplehurst the Morris men were performing. Today Ikea delivered the kitchen shelving and I spent a fun hour assembling. They look good and we have been discussing who gets what space -beer/wine versus kitchen stuff :)
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Steyning, a woodpecker and a toad
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
J.W. Waterhouse at the Royal Academy
This retrospective exhibition was wonderful. My favourite is below, Hylas and the Nymphs. Apart from the obvious charms of the nymphs, the main nymph has an amazingly powerful gaze fixed on Hylas. Waterhouse has a wonderful sense of costume colour and texture. Jackie came with us from Littlehampton, and we met up with Bea and young Amy who travelled from
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Brown Hairstreaks & Holly Blue at Steyning Rifle Range
I decided to have another day looking for Brown Hairstreaks at Steyning as the weather looked promising. Good decision, I had one of the best photo days this year. Two female Brown Hairstreaks appeared within a short time at and performed for me until 12. They are one of the most beautiful butterflies I have seen. I phoned Neil and he arrived with Brian to join in the fun. He was rewarded with one photo op and another sighting. The day was topped off for me by a second new species of the day, a Holly Blue beside the track on a wild rose mixed up with ivy just before we arrived at the car park.
Monday, 10 August 2009
Steyning & Mill Hill
I visited Steyning Down this morning hoping to see a Brown Hairstreak, but the lack of sun deterred the little fellas. Neil Hulme of Sussex Butterfly Conservation was also there for the same reason. Instead I found a Red Admiral posing plus some interesting dragonflies, bugs and flies. A visit to Mill Hill after lunch gave me some great Adonis blue photos, but closed wing only as it had turned cloudy.
Grayling Festival at Windover Hill
|Grayling, Hipparchia semele|
|Wall, Lasiommata megera|
Clouded Yellows at Ouse Estuary Reserve
Ouse Estuary Reserve has had reports of Clouded Yellows in abundance recently and my visit on Friday was rewarded with a dozen or so on the level spoil tip area which is covered with meadow flowers. There were many Common and Chalkhill Blues in the ditch bordering the reserve.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Peanut, flower show & Ray
Monday, 3 August 2009
Warnham & Small Coppers
After lunch I headed off to Warnham Nature Reserve and was rewarded with plenty of butterflies in the sunny meadows, and a pleasant walk around the woodland walk, visiting the bird hides on the way. Plenty of Small Coppers (below), Painted Ladies, Large Skippers, Large and Small Whites and Common Blues.
Sunday, 2 August 2009
Twickers, Cliveden and a Hairsteak
Took Sue to Twickenham for the last day of her convention. After dropping her off I went to
Saturday, 1 August 2009
Steyning Downland and Wall Browns
Visited the Steyning Downland Scheme this morning. There were Wall Browns which gave me a chance to get some better photos of them. Painted Ladies & Gatekeepers abounded, including a mating pair. Also Peacocks, Meadow browns, Large whites, a Common Blue, a Large Tortoiseshell. One of the mating Gatekeepers had two red parasitic mites attached, as did the Common Blue. Swallows were cruising over the meadows feeding off the insects and chirping to each other.