Thursday, 24 May 2012

Summer sun - for a change!

The Safari caught wind that we'd forgotten World Turtle Day yesterday. See here for some info from a couple of years ago. Fairly sure, or at least a definite maybe, we saw one close in off the wall towards the end of last summer, or was it the year before - time don't half fly when you're havin fun.
Today was spent mostly in the garden preping up for the builders next week -gonna be good - hope they finish before the long weekend and this glorious weather holds. Long weekend/glorious weather perhaps shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence in advance...kiss of death and all that!
After works were completed we did a bit of weeding and tying up the Wisteria, that's when we noticed there were a few teneral Blue Tailed Damselflies around the pond. We downed tools and grabbed the camera.

 Tried sneaking up on some

 And got pretty close despite the heat. This one had just landed on the garage wall after its maiden flight of about 5 yards.

Full size straight out of the camera just a crop to frame the face...a real beaut...really pleased with this pic!!!

Frank had us playing footy later on and we heard a Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and a couple of Blackcaps in the park; another Blackcap was in the Golden Triangle. Would have like a Spotted Flycatcher but they've probably all moved through quickly in this good weather.
An interesting looking isolated cloud formation developed on the way back down the hill.

Whilst out in the garden we kept an ear out for the gulls but they blatantly refused to find us a Honey Buzzard - the so-n-sos
Where to next? Moffy is on tonight...Lime Hawkmoths in the vicinity!
In the meantime let us know what's bubbling up in your outback.


Warren Baker said...

Very nice close up of that damsel head Davo :-) keep at it mate !

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Thanks Warren - can't wait for them to colour up and the dragons come out. 4-spotted chaser seen nearby today so they're on their way!!!



cliff said...

Cracking damsel photos dave, especially the close ups. Hopefully, now the pond's been extended @ Cliff Castle we'll start to get Damsels shwoing more of an interest.

As for the cloud formation, me & the missus were driving down the hill looking at the very same cloud when we spotted some dodgy looking geezer - shorts'an'all - taking photos in the direction of said cloud, so I was expecting & not dissapointed by these photos.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Doh - you mentioned the shorts. Deffo dodgy ;-)