There were a lot of Azure blue damselflies and Large red as well as a pair of Broad-bodied Chasers, the make looking stunning. Couldn't see to get a good shot as they would settle in a awkward spot to see (however see later in this blog for some I did get).
Brimstone, Peacock and Green-veined White were the 3 butterflies I noted. I kept seeing what I thought was a moth in various places but never settling until finally I managed to get a half shot (your see what I mean) of a Speckled Yellow.
Black cock beetle was found scurrying across the path.
A good little visit, will have to come along soon in the evening to get Nightjar and Woodcock. Below are some of the photos I took.
Large red damselfly
One of the 3 Woodlarks on path.
Speckled Yellow (Pseudopanthera macularia) now you see why it is a half shot.
The next day I thought I would check out Ashdown Forest and look for specifically Redstart and any dragonflies in the pools there.
Nearly the first bird I saw was about 20 Crossbill, some gorgeous red males amoung them. Didn't quite get a shot of them (only the branch they WERE on). At least one pair of Redstarts along with Great spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Tree Pipit, Whitethroat and 2 Spotted Flycatchers. Woodlark nearly stole the show though as 1 bird sat on a dead tree for about 5 minutes with no concerns about the 2 photographers getting no doubt great shots.
my shot of the mentioned Woodlark
Azure damselfly and Broad-bodied chaser were the main dragonflies seen. There will be more later in the year because this is a excellent site for them. There was another dragonfly there but it never landed and I have as yet no clue what it was. Yellow on head (dragonfly shape not damsel) and red on a bulging tail. Don't know how else to describe it but will be looking into it as the view of it is in my head now. I managed to take one of the best dragonfly shots I have taken so far.
Another Azure above
male Broad-bodied Chaser below
One moth was seen which I am looking up now.
Okay, think it is a Brown silver-line (Petrophora chlorosata)
A good couple of hours that I plan to repeat very soon.
Next up a quick visit to Hayesden Country Park, my third day in a row for going out. I have a feeling that next week as it is half term might not have so many visits, Am definitely keeping on eye on bird reports though as there have been a couple of birds in Kent that I would have gone for had I been available, watch this space who knows what might happen!