Birds

Wind and Rain at Dinton

Despite the bad weather, there is plenty of activity on all the lakes and lots of the ducks are looking nice and colourful in their winter plumage. The Lapwing are also looking bright and colourful and increasing in numbers. The bund is mostly under water after the heavy rain but is still a popular resting place for all the...
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Brief stroll at Fobney Lock

Another visit to the recycling plant, another quick walk round Fobney Lock! There was a bit more activity than last time, mainly ducks, geese and swans but also a nice Little Egret. There are always lots of Mute Swans there and there are quite a few large cygnets. There are still a few dragonflies around as well as the...
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Butterflies

Still a few dragonflies about and lots of spiders and webs

I am still seeing a few dragonflies despite the generally cooler weather, mainly darters and hawkers.  They can be very difficult to spot on the footpath unless you see them land and even then they seem to blend in perfectly from a distance. Even this mating pair were almost impossible to see until you were almost on top of...
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Warburg Reserve

I’ve been to the reserve quite a few times now and always enjoy it. There is a small hide overlooking a pond where you often see interesting birds and at this time of the year there were lots of damselflies and dragonflies.  It is well known for its butterflies and has a small wildlife garden that seems to attract all...
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Moths

Hummingbird Hawk-Moth

After several days of intermittent rain, yesterday was warm and sunny again.  I went to the Warburg Reserve which is near Henley and somewhere I always enjoy visiting and spotted this Hummingbird Hawk-Moth feeding on nectar.  I wasn’t sure how long it would stay so left my camera on auto rather than wasting time changing settings. Their wings move...
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Birds

Fairly Quiet at Dinton

August is traditionally a fairly quiet time in the bird calendar but I usually see plenty of butterflies and dragonflies to make up for it.  This last week has been quiet all round and I haven’t seen much at all.  I did manage to see a male Brown Hawker resting in the brambles and got one photo before it...
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Butterflies

Decoy Heath

I thought I’d try somewhere new today but didn’t want to go too far.  I saw another new butterfly, the Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus) which made it worthwhile.  I actually saw about five during the walk but managed to take photos of two of them, the very first one I saw and another that kept landing on the ground. ...
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