Well we managed to get to Lincoln to see our parents, Yokes mum, my dad and Christine and my eldest brother and his lady. When I say ‘we’ I include Eleanor in that although the trip was hard for her with her balance disorder and lots of stops along the way were required.
I managed to get out for the day to a local reserve Whisby, - http://www.lincstrust.org.uk/whisby-nature-park
It really is a great area to take a day out at, not only great wildlife but a nice centre to take a break in. It did rain and I took shelter in a hide, so after 40 minutess or so great views of Common Tern, Black-headed gulls with chicks and a Kingfisher I went for a longer walk to get some insect shots, after rain and with a bit of sun they all come out.
|common tern flying in the rain|
Bugs were all around with a couple of new ticks for me, and an awesome view of a Red Deer albeit fleeting and no chance of capturing it on film.
|Chimney Sweeper moth|
|Rare beetle and a new tick - Agapanthea villosoviridescens|
|new Moth for me - Latticed Heath|
This moth has no common name but the male has the longest antenna of any UK moth
|did not spot the moth till i saw the shot on the computer monitor|
|called a Snout - obvious really|
After that on the Sunday we went over to my brothers home – he has a decent sized garden and we dug a pond in it earlier in the year – a few insects have found it to make it home to our pleasure as have a few ducks to his annoyance as they muddy it up and eat all the leaves of the aquatic plants trying to grow !
Overall a really nice weekend, it was really nice to see everyone and for me to have a bit of decent insect photography done outside my home location.
Nice dragonfly Libellula depressa , female and male, femal on Lupin.
Backswimmer or Water Boatman, if you look closely you will see small creatures at the back - its the young of the water boatman I think - thats also them - the small brown spots top rh side
A very young bush cricket if you realise thats a petal of a dog daisy it is sitting on you will see how small it is