Anyway, back to them ticks, and I'm not on about blood suckers. Last Friday I took the opportunity to look for Continental Swallowtail butterflies that had been seen at St. Aldhelms Head. The weather wasn't perfect, but luckily the weather broke for a short period, during which I managed to see 2 individuals. Both were tatty, but beggars can be choosers and I'm sure there will be another chance to see some pristine individuals when, hopefully, a second brood emerges.
|The far tattier individual 2.|
Back to yesterday now. And thanks to Nick for a great day out. The target species this time was Purple Emperor. We managed to see only 1, but 1 is all you need.
|Only the one record shot was managed.|
I've now seen 49 species of butterfly in Dorset. I wonder what will be my 50th?
Now for a few pics from recent times.
|Baby Moorhen on Lodmoor.|
|Oystercatcher on Lodmoor.|
|Raven on Portland.|
|Guillemots on Portland.|
|Kittiwakes on Portland.|
|Female Southern Hawker in Wareham Forest.|
|Male Downy Emerald in Wareham Forest.|
|Baby Sika Deer in Wareham Forest.|
|Male Yellowhammer at Batcombe.|
|Tufted Duck family at Radipole Lake.|
|Baby Little Grebes at Radipole Lake.|
|Male Marsh Harrier with rodent prey.|
|Juvenile Peregrines at St. Aldhelms Head.|