Shooting through

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I’m not a big fan of messy images like this – it was intended purely as a record shot – but when I saw it on a big screen it made me smile, because it really caught the White Admiral’s … Continued

Home to roost

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R and I went to Cardiff today, to have lunch with L and G, and also with H and S, who happened to be staying with them for the weekend. We had a thoroughly good time – enhanced for me … Continued

Emerald

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As I’m still really not well I took a very slow run at the day, but around lunch time decided that as I was approximately vertical I might as well go out. Because fresh air. And photos. Trench Wood isn’t … Continued

Hawking

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Firstly, many thanks to everyone who was so nice about yesterday’s Scarce Chasers. I received some very entertaining comments, my favourite of which came from a Stratford friend, who saw the image on Twitter and captioned it “Brian, I can … Continued

Misnomer

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I went looking for evidence of Common Clubtails at Pershore this afternoon; it had been thought that they’d abandoned this stretch of the Avon, but a couple of weeks ago someone posted a photo of a fresh specimen that they’d … Continued

Silver-studded Blue

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Can this be comfortable? It doesn’t look very comfortable… Whatever – I was just glad that this little chap perched somewhere that I could get to without lying prone; I don’t mind lying prone, as long as there are no … Continued

Cryptic

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Describing Calopteryx virgo, the other British species of demoiselle, Brooks and Cham say, “Although the metallic green females are spectacular in the hand, they are very cryptic against bankside vegetation.” That’s not a use of the word cryptic I’d ever … Continued

Broad bodied

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I walked around Trench Wood this afternoon, looking specifically for butterflies and dragons, and trying to ignore everything else. I found nine different kinds of butterfly, including Silver-washed Fritillaries and White Admirals, and several different moths including a very chic … Continued