Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
We spotted a small group of Deer in the distance so we made our way towards them but so did every other photographer in the park, they appeared from everywhere.
I couldn't believe what came next, They chased the herd up and down the hillsides in and out of the Bracken just to get a closer shot. I just stood on the main path and watched in disbelief at the idiots, at least 1 of them had compact camera and was trying to get so close he put himself in a dangerous situation with the Stags. I was really hoping that a Stag would turn on him and gore him to death. We also witnessed 2 dogs chase a Buck Fallow Deer, the owner then put the dogs on leads walked a further 200yds and let them off the lead again!! That wasn't an isolated incident with dogs and Deer as I saw at least to other dogs chasing the Deer on different occasions.
I left Bradgate Park feeling very angry.
I think Television Programs like Autumn Watch are partly to blame for this sort of thing. My personal thoughts on these type of TV programs are great for getting people involved with wildlife but I also think that they should strongly advise viewers on how to behave around all wild creatures and a degree of etiquette is needed.
Monday, 9 August 2010
I had a Camberwell Beauty fly strongly NW over Deans Lane at about 12.05 this afternoon. I had stopped off for a break and to see if there was any raptors moving... more in hope than expectation. It was sunny and warm with a few scattered clouds and a moderate SW breeze.
The insect flew over my head, so I first picked it up about 2ft above my head and about 4ft in front of me. It was clearly a large Vannessid but about 10% bigger than a Peacock. Underside was blackish with a pale broad border to the sides of fore and hind wing except the leading edges. As the butterfly flew north it followed the hillside down remaining about 6 - 8 ft off the ground so the Upperwing became visible. This was a dark maroon with the pale border being a yellowish white with two small 'tails' on the hind wing. A row of blue spots was also clearly noted inside the border on all wings.
The butterfly was in view for less than a minute as it powered NW interspersing glides with a series of fast wing beats.
No other butterflies were noted on this track only a few whites flitting around the grassy hill side.
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Deraeocoris ruber - or at least I'm pretty sure that's what it is.
I thought all the garden wasps were Common - but realised today that I'm getting a form of Median Wasp ..
Also loads of these in the garden:
And a couple from the moth trap.
Nicrophorus investigator - a smelly mite-ridden burying beetle