Monday 11 August 2008

10 August 2008 - Queendown Warren

While thoughts were with comrades on today's pelagic, a little time was spent at Queendown Warren wondering around in the wind, dreaming of vagrant Petrels, Shearwaters and the like.

The Helleborines aren't going to be around for much longer this year, so took the oportunity to snap at these, nearly over, Broad-leaved Helleborines near the car park.

Autumn Lady's Tresses - out in the windest part of the reserve, I could see the point of tripods, etc, so just a wee record shot.

This Brown Argus seemed really fresh - though it wouldn't have had any trouble drying its wings in today gale!

Chalkhill Blue

Silver-spotted Skipper

Essex Skipper


Corn Mint

Carline Thistle

Autumn Gentian (I think)

A Robber Fly (Asilus crabroniformis). A sizable beastie nearly 3cms long. It harried a flew of the butterflies and bits - seemed like the skua of the dipteran world

And finally, A Wasp Spider. I still haven't really got the the image I want for these things - will just have to keep trying.
And finally, news came through - nuffin seen on the pelagic. Good for us, not so good for those who made all the effort (and expense) and went on the trip.


Steve said...

Nice shots from Queensdown...hoping to get there later this week. Only just heard that they have reintroduced SS Skipper there.

The Bald Birder said...

Just hope you pick a day with less flippin wind than Sunday. The Skippers are also introduced at Burham Down, so should be over your side of the valley if we get an Easterly!

James said...

Hi Ross - SSS has also been reintroduced to Wye Downs. Like the blog.


James ( the other bald birder!! )

James said...

ps I was also at Queendown on Sunday - what time were you there???

The Bald Birder said...

Was at Queendown late afternoon - 4.45 to 5.30, but it could have been later (or earlier for that matter).
It was your SSS pics that got me there in the first place.