Friday, 4 April 2014

Nature red and Orange-tip surprise

Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines
On Wednesday I attended an induction session as a video volunteer at Arundel WWT. Five of us will visit regularly and hopefully some of our work will appear in the publicity videos. During our tour the Snake’s Head Fritillaries on a wetland island were pointed out. Later I sat in the Sand Martin Hide and watched a lone duckling swim from right to left. It headed for Gull Island, which was covered in the Black-headed variety. A pair of Herring Gulls were pleased to see it and when it arrived at the island it was plucked from the water, became the subject of a tug of war and was finally downed in one, head first.

As I left the reserve I was delighted to see my first Orange-tip of the year flying around the reed bed. Later at Angmering Woods I spotted another and was able to obtain open wing shots. On Thursday I found a Magpie Ink Cap at the same site.
Black-headed Gulls, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Snake's Head Fritillaries, Fritillaria meleagris
lurking among the reeds
Cootling, Fulica atra

nesting Coscoroba Swan, Coscoroba coscoroba

Lapwing (Peewit), Vanellus vanellus
Mallard duckling, Anas platyrhynchos, heading for Gull Island
 Herring Gull, Larus argentatus taking duckling

Angmering Woods:
Comma, Polygonia c-album
Orange-tip, Anthocharis cardamines
Magpie Ink Cap, Coprinus picaceus

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