Friday 16th May wanderings

Blue-tailed Damselfly - Friday 16th May wanderings
Friday 16th May wanderings

It is a couple of days late but this post covers my walk (near crawl home!) on Friday 16th May around part of the patch.

It all started very well, I came home after my night shift and it was already warm out, the sun was heating up the ground beautifully, and rather than have a sleep I decided I’d go for a patch walk instead, my back was already a little sore so I decided against the big lens and opted once more for just my macro set up, butterflies and Dragonflies were again my target.

Friday 16th May wanderings

It wasn’t long before I was treated to some wonderful views of a Pair of Orange Tip Butterflies attempting to mate, time after time he fluttered above her not quite connecting, It did give me a wonderful chance to photograph this event (the photos were not great of the copulation though), and a great shot of a fully wing open male Orange Tip. Other Butterflies also seen through the day were Holly Blue (sat closed winged the whole time), Large White and Green-veined White fluttering all over the place, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and my first Comma of the year.

Comma - Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes
Comma – Bradwell Village, Milton Keynes
Orange Tip (male) - Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes
Orange Tip (male) – Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes

Odonata

I carried on around the lake managing some nice damselfly photos of Blue-Tailed Damselfly and seeing loads more as well as loads of Large Red Damselfly and a couple of Hairy Dragonfly, The only other Odes occurred further along after the A5 when I found a few Azure Damselfly, who posed nicely for me.

Azure Damselfly - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes
Azure Damselfly – Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes

 

Azure Damselfly - Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes
Azure Damselfly – Loughton Valley Park, Milton Keynes

 

Blue-tailed Damselfly - Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes
Blue-tailed Damselfly – Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes

 

Birds

Bird wise not much was happening a few swifts over 1 new Reed Warbler (making 6), my first Willow Warbler for a while, but that was it really.

Grey Heron - Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes
Grey Heron – Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes

Unfortunately all the bending looking and photographing the macro world left me with real back issues, in fact it took me an hour to walk back from Bradwell Abbey, not because I was stopping for wildlife but because I could only manage a snails pace and had to stop regularly. Not good!

Cauchas Rufimitrella - Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes
Cauchas Rufimitrella – Lodge Lake, Milton Keynes

 

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