A flutter of Admirals

R and I went to Stratford this morning to run errands and eat cake, and I offset the cake a little by taking a rapid walk down to Weir Brake lock in search of dragons. I didn’t find any, probably … Continued

Migrant Hawker

I broke the 100-400 zoom back out of storage today, and went off to Stratford to see if I could get some flight shots of Migrant Hawkers. The sunshine came and went, and so did the hawkers – I know … Continued


After several minutes of careful consideration, I have decided that this – almost entirely definitely – is a birch shieldbug. There is a very similar species, commonly called the hawthorn shieldbug, and I have mixed them up in the past, … Continued


I spent much of the afternoon stalking grasshoppers and crickets around the village. It isn’t fair, really, because they absolutely hate it – Orthoptera are so far down the food chain that almost everyone eats them, so the closer you … Continued