Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Monday 8 June 2015

Hummer time

Overnight trapping wasn't too eventful - Cloaked Minor and Small Square-spot being the only additions for the year. With another glorious day forecast, I had a wander down to the harbour. I'd only reached the drive when I spotted a Hummingbird Hawk-moth nectaring on the Red Valerian beside the car. I only had my "big lens" but grabbed a few images anyway. I saw another two whilst on my travels, so there must be a few about?

Always a pleasure to spend time watching these fabulous little insects and their frantic feeding technique
The only other sightings of note were two Yellow Wagtails, one on the beach below Winterstoke Steps and the other in Ramsgate Harbour, by the old Casino and a Spotted Flycatcher in King George VI Park. Are these late arriving migrants or already failed breeders heading back south?

Pre - work update!
There have been at least three more Hummers around the Red Valerian, since my original posting, plus a number of Painted Lady butterflies which suggests that there is quite a substantial insect migration taking place on Thanet today.
I used the macro gear, but didn't have a high enough shutter speed (something to think about when the next occasion arises) - good enough to share though.

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