I was given a day pass and so made the most of it on Sunday last. Bird-wise July and August are pretty quiet as many of the songsters are now quiet and will soon skulk around as they moult. Also I live too far from the coast to watch the birds on cliffs or out at sea.
However I did still spot a great white egret, marsh harriers and hobbies, plus scores of swifts and other common birds. To make up for the quietness I was on the hunt for interesting insects. The highlights were three firsts for me in the UK: a hummingbird hawk moth, a white admiral and a silver washed fritillary. In addition there were dragonflies and damselflies everywhere.
Here are my piccies:
Large skipper butterfly
Southern hawker dragonfly
Herons - blurred or arty...you decide!
Honeysuckle - food for the fritillary above