Sunday, June 30, 2013

Kingfishers at Slimbridge

 Called in at Slimbridge on the way back from Somerset and was delighted to see Kingfishers there again from the Hide. Apparently, they started to nest in the bank and then deserted. From their behaviour, they have a nest elsewhere. In the first series, the kingfisher caught and then dropped a fish. In the second series a fish was caught then knocked on the head before turning it to present head first at the nest burrow.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Barrington Court

Barrington Court is a Tudor manor house begun around 1538 and completed in the late 1550s near Ilminster,Somerset. The house was owned by several families until 1745 after which it fell into disrepair and was used as a tenant farm. After repair by Alfred Hoare Powell, it was the first house acquired by the National Trust, in 1907, on the recommendation of the antiquarian Canon Hardwicke RawnsleyColonel Lyle leased Barrington Court from the National Trust in 1917. He was the grandson of Abram Lyle, who introduced Golden Syrup. Barrington Court is noted for its Arts and Crafts-style gardens for which garden designer Gertrude Jekyll provided planting plans. It is now open but unfurnished which helps show off the intricate wooden panelling collected by Lyle.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Powerstock and Toller

 A final set of images from Dorset: a newly emerged Southern Hawker with its exuvium; a Beautiful Demoiselle and Mayfly; a Bee Orchid self-pollinating and a mutant flower form growing close by and a very aggressive Crab Spider. It was a very enjoyable trip thanks to Andrea at Higher Kingcome Lodge (a great place to stay)  and to the good company on the trip.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kingcombe Meadows

 Kingcombe Meadows Reserve is still managed as a working farm, grazed by cows and sheep, using traditional methods without artificial fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides.  The result is a patchwork of fields and unimproved grassland, rich in wild flowers and insect life. This year everything is late so there were many fewer insects than on previous visits, in particular no butterflies and very few grasshoppers. The orchids, buttercups and ragged robin were at their best.

Insects and Spider Feeding

The insects that we found exhibited an amazing variety of feeding mechanisms from tubes that remind me of our new Vax carpet cleaner to long poles with claws on the end like a litter picker. The Cucumber Orb Spider was very intent on his dinner munching away with some very powerful looking jaws.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Abbotsbury and Kite surfers

 The numbers of swans on the Fleet lagoon peaks around now as swans gather for the annual moult.
Kite surfers are particularly difficult to photograph as there is such a gap between surfer and kite.

Ann Miles Photography - My Favourite Images of the Past10 years or so