Wednesday, 17 August 2011

All quiet on the coast

All quiet here on the island. Birds are busy moulting, bugs and butterflies waiting for the sun to shine.
Could be a long wait!!
10th august, had a walk up to Ventnor radar station, the views from the top of Nansen hill looking towards Sandown bay were breathtaking despite the overcast weather. The heather was stunning.
A meadow brown butterfly was carrying red mites.

Despite the dull weather I had a lot of fresh air and the excercise coming up nansen hill wont have done me any harm!!
Spotted in my back garden last week was a Common Darter which was a surprise as I have no pond, just a birdbath...
A family of speckled bush crickets has taken residence in my helleborus, Ive seen 3 males and two females so far. Male shown below...
A trip to Bembride ponds with Rob on the 15th was quiet on the birding front, except for 15 Little egrets and a heron all packed into a corner of the large pond, not seen that many in one place before.
Last night I dragged the wife out for a walk to Alverstone, we were hoping to catch something unusual maybe an owl or two? A chap we chatted to, saw a kingfisher half an hour previous, he told us to keep an eye open, but it wasnt our lucky night. So a nice walk, plenty of blackberries picked, and the scenery was lovely...
This morning I met up with Rog who I met on the wildaboutbritain website. As I wasnt meeting him till 9:30am I had a look around before we met. I had a brief glimpse of a jay, but no photos. I spotted a buzzard on a pole so got this digiscoped shot through my scope...
We had a good old chat about cameras, wildlife, lenses, and life in general. Not much to see this morning. A green woodpecker flew past at a rate of knots, and the butterflies seemed to love these Hemp agrimony flowers,  would love some in my garden!!
Fingers crossed for an indian summer!!!


  1. Hi Dave,
    Some lovely photos there. You did well to get such a good digiscoped shot of that Buzzard, I can never seem to get close enough!
    The heather in your first photo is quite stunning!
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  2. Cracking photos Dave. The pink flower looks like Hemp Agrimony.

  3. Lovely images and a really nice read...
    I have never visited the IOW but it is on my must do list...

  4. Hi John,
    Thanks for your kind comments,
    Cheers Rob, will update the details,
    Andrew, you must visit one day, its beautiful, lots of lovely walks and scenery...

  5. Superb photos, I love the Buzzard.

  6. Thanks Bob,
    I was very lucky to see him within reaching distance of my scope!!