This morning started fairly sunny. The first young families I saw were of Blue Tit, Great Tits and Long-tailed Tits. Up high in a tree sat a young Jay - lovely stuff.
The sun was now much stronger and flying around the Rhododendron were many bees and two Painted Lady flutters - first time I've seen them in the location.
Lots of Large Red Damselflies flying around the pond
and at least 4 pairs of these too
and I've now seen my first Shield Bug of the year
Oh - and the location for all the above? My back garden :D
Early afternoon I decided I must get some exercise and headed off for Esher Common. I was on the lookout for Dragonflies and I found some. Only problem was it was far too late in the day and they were very active. But, nonetheless, it was good practice for in flight subjects and, as my school reports were often to profess, - "Could do better"
I then headed off for another area and this time Black Pond. The two small pools have now dried up but in the large pond there was a little activity and, in a gentle breeze, some great reflections!
And the one and only dragonfly I saw - tucked away in the reeds. So this one comes in under the heading of "impressionist" photography.
I now await the thunder and rain as the storm clouds are now gathering!
Just to add that the Starling families are now back in the garden and the noise is wonderfully deafening. Coming a close second is one of the Blue Tit families with the youngsters calling to be fed and....
yes - the rain is finally here!
400 (no, not birds) and some chats
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