Sunday, July 16, 2006

Arctic farewell






And the last bunch of Arctic Tern shots

Arctic flight






Some more Arctic Terns from Cemlyn - a selection of flight shots

Arctic Anglesey






A visit to North Wales this weekend meant a trip to Cemlyn, Anglesey to get some photos of the terns. Although I missed the possible Cayenne Tern and the Roseate Terns, the Arctics were on good form and a few shots are posted above and a load more can be seen on my pbase website (www.pbase.com/latho).

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Whisby Dragons

Lesser Emperor (dead specimen - probably only 3rd record for Lincolnshire)

Emperor Dragonfly



The real highlight for today was that I managed to catch up with the Lesser Emperor Dragonfly at Whisby. This site has held the first three records for Lincolnshire since last Saturday afternoon! I managed to catch up with the male on Willow Walk, the only remaining live specimen. Whilst it wasnt photographable, it certainly was a very impressive dragonfly with the pale blue band at the top of the abdmoen being visible at long range. Grahame Hopwood, the reserve warden, also showed me the dead specimen which had been brought in earlier in the week, which represented the third record. By now, however, the specimen has lost all its colour as can be seen in the photo above. Some shots of Common Blue Damselflies are posted above and an ovipositing Emperor Dragonfly being harassed by a Common Blue - this shot was taken with my 80-400mm @ 400mm hence the poor quality.

Whisby Butts


Gatekeeper



Comma

Some photos of Comma and Gatekeeper butterflies taken at Whisby today

Magpipe




The first time I have actually photographed a Magpie in this country as they tend to not be very obliging - these were taken in Lincoln this morning.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Bempton Cliffs - Gannets......






Some flight shots

Bempton Cliffs - Gannets.....





Some shots of a stationary bird on the cliffs

Bempton Cliffs - Gannets....


Bempton Cliffs - Gannets...





Life on the colony

Bempton Cliffs - Gannets - the colony




An amazing sight, sound and smell!

Bempton Cliffs - Kittiwakes






A lovely gull and a real performer at this site.

Bempton Cliffs - Razorbill





The closest I have ever seen this species - an amazing and very handsome bird