Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Minsmere

I has a day over at Dunwich & Minsmere on Tuesday; unbelievably apart from a Cliff Swallow twitch its the first time I've been.

A good day with 87 species listed; my highlight been extremely good views of Woodlark, albeit from the car.

Nothing but the usual suspects and local specialities such as Dartford Warbler. Three Bittern through the day providing my best views of this species to date.

Two pairs of Little Tern, frequented the scrape viewed from East Hide and proper little stunners they were too.

Wheatear, Knot (in summer plumage), Bar Tailed Godwit (also looking good).







Sunday, 30 April 2017

Moths: Sallow Kitten

NEW to the garden; initially thought Poplar Kitten as the trap is directly below a Poplar however there are Willows and Sallows very close


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Moths: Toadflax Brocade

A nice and welcomed visitor to the Synergetic trap over the weekend was a Toadflax Brocade.

Once a rare moth restricted to Dunge it is now rapidly expanding, its now in Essex and i get a few records a year at the moment however you only have to go a little further north in the County and there not to be found yet but other parts of the country are slowly being colonized.

Only two years ago, the first for Wales was trapped by Mel Oxford.





Sunday, 23 April 2017

Wheatear - Aveley Bay

I'm still getting used to the camera and finding it very enjoyable and frustrating at the same time. I'm keeping it in manual mode at all times, just so i can learn more about the exposure triangle. It does help, I've learnt more since having this one than any other time with a point and shot or my bridge camera.

A Wheatear from the bay from last weekend. I suppose it's personal preference but it was mentioned to me to look at a vertical crop rather than my original horizontal. Both added below




Some varied crops:




They are all getting too grainy, pulled back and changed the view


Friday, 14 April 2017

Moths - MV & Actinics

The two traps were out last night, we seem to have hit that lul period between the Quakers and the Prominents, however so new for the year moths were pulled in by both light sets.

The MV caught 14 moths covering 8 species; NFY here were Oak-tree Pug (2) and Seraphim (1).
The Actinic caught 9 moths covering 7 species; NFY here was a single Shuttle-shaped Dart.

Seraphim