There seems to be a fair bit of grub and bug hatching going on at the moment , the other night I was walking around Lodmoor, I met Adie my mate, he was looking for caterpillar larve, Wow! never thought about doing this properly, I cussed myself at first, for not getting the correct gear out of my car, yes my big lens is very handy, but also very limited, I eventually got my Sigma 105 lens out with the flash and tripod, I got some great results and strange looks from passers by, as I was grovelling across the ground, trying to get a better angle.
Yesterday Elaine and I went for our first trip of the year to Brownsea, there wasn't a lot on the lagoon, the Sandwich Terns are starting to nest, having their normal squabble with the Blackheaded Gulls, I did see my first Common Tern as well for the year, we ventured off looking for Squirrels saw a few but to far away, we went down to the Sedge hide, there was a small group Sika sunning it in the corner of the boggy area, there were a few 4 Spotted Chaser buzzing around and coupling already, then I thought I saw a Cuckoo, a few minutes later it started to call, bonus another first for the year, we went on to see at least 3, I think they were flying over and stopped off briefly.
We walked to the far west end of the Island, quite a few Downy Emeralds and Green Hairsteaks around, saw a few more Squirrels and then found a pair of Green Tiger Beetles mating, I had to lay down in the dirt to get a shot, brilliant bang on the button, I started to chase after another Cuckoo, just as I got close to the latest call, it was up and off grrrr!!! We turned and headed back through a lot of chopped down timber, on the side of one tree trunk, I spotted a Beetle I had never seen before, a 2 Barred Long Horn Beetle, excellent, well worth the trip to see something new, I talked Elaine into popping back to the Hides, on the Mud Island a family of Greylag Geese, another first for me Greylag Goslings.
Garden Tiger Moth Larve Scarlet Tiger Moth Larve Drinker Moth Larve Brown Tail Moth Larve Sika in the Sun 4 Spotted Chaser Downy Emerald Green Tiger Beetles 2 Barred Long Horned Beetle