I wasn’t guiding yesterday and was hoping to enjoy and get better pictures of some of yesterday’s exciting birds.
There was only a single Hobby present today and whilst I was present it spent most of its time perched and I did not have the opportunity to take the flight photos of it hunting dragonflies that I had hoped for.
Quite surprisingly and rather embarrassingly I saw that the Whooper Swan pair has 8 young and not the 7 that I have previously reported. I checked all the previous pictures I have taken and see only 7 but I did take a short video previously and here I saw there are 8! Well 7 is the largest clutch size mentioned in BWP so these birds are rewriting the history books! I also need to apologise to Dan who yesterday was quite sure there were 8 young but didn’t push it when I said there could only be 7..
|Hobby (lerkefalk) I suspect that this bird may be a 2cy due to very pale red trousers|
|Whooper Swans (sangsvane) with 8 young (not, repeat, not 7)|
|female Teal (krikkand) also with 8 young|
|this Jay (nøtteskrike) was finding some very large green bugs to eat|
|with the bug|
|A small pearl bordered fritillary (brunflekket perlemorvinge)|
|a Heath Fritillary (marimjellrutevinge)|
|both the above species together which at first confused me as I thought they were maybe male and female of the same species|
|this Ringlet (gullringvinge) is completely lacking in spots on the upperwing and had me really confused at first|
|this was a bit tricky as there are two similar species: Northern Wall Brown (nergringvinge) and Large Wall Brown (klipperingvinge). I have concluded that it is the later due to an absence of 3 bars on the forewing|
|I thought this was going to be a type of skipper butterfly but it is a lattice heath moth (rutemåler)|
|a Northern Damselfly (vannlig blåvannymfe)|