This year has been a bit of an epiphany for me. Here I was aiming for a 200 count for my bird list of 2013 and with only 145 noted, I’m gaily jaunting around meadows ripping my legs to shreds shooting all manner of butterflies. dragonflies and moths until they’re coming out of my ears. Any bird that appears on the horizon is but a distraction – not that I’m missing much. The summer months are slow when it comes to birding; not that there aren’t great birding opportunities to be had. Plenty of waders are being seen, Two-barred Crossbills are turning up and sea-watching is starting to get interesting (oxymoron anyone?)
So a bit like when the football season ends my attention turns to cricket. It is slower, takes longer and requires a completely different mindset but underneath the rules and the whites, its a team sport and that”s all that matters. The same is true of birdwatching and the art of watching butterflies and dragonflies.
To be honest, I find birdwatching a little boring in the summer. It’s too hot with scope-crippling heat haze. Wildfowl are moulting, most other species go dead quite and well, thats enough. My sudden interest in Odonata and Lepidopterology, big words for such little fellows has come about because of others around me. The people I work with at the LVP are well versed in these areas and their enthusiasm and knowledge has rubbed off on me. Add to that the ability to take real close up shots of these fascinating creatures and suddenly, you have an exciting challenge on your hands.
|Comma, Hadleigh Downs|
|Marbled White, Hadleigh Downs|
|Common Darter, Hadleigh Downs|
|Emperor Dragonfly, Hadleigh Downs|
|Peacock, Lee Valley Park|
|Red Admiral, Lee Valley Park|
|Common Blue Damselfly|