Thursday, 21 July 2016

Blue Moon - The Marcels

Our computer issues are by no means resolved, but there is at least an opportunity to use a machine elsewhere. It isn't my idea of fun lugging all that gear back and forth but when you have an appreciative audience in waiting the thirst must be slaked. Not exactly sure of the Gibbous at present, maybe waxing, but will be content to call yesterday's rise a
video
 FULL MOON
There are still a great number of images in the backlog, generated the lack of Internet,
which we hope to catch up with in the days to come, but with a dawn temperature here
hovering at a balmy +19C hopes were high for a bountiful haul from the Moth Traps.
 SWALLOWTAIL
 SMALL BLOOD-VEIN
 LEAST YELLOW UNDERWING
 and
DUSKY SALLOW
came into the mix.
In our continuing efforts to be able to recognise at least some
of the Micro Moths we took a stab at
HYPSOPYGIA GLAUCINALIS
and the far more distinctive
 LOZOTAENIODES FORMOSANA
but the most satisfying capture of them all came when this male
 BANDED DEMOISELLE
was plucked from the depths and in its relatively
 docile state was happy to perch on my figure.
At this time of year we record these on a daily basis, by what a privilege
to have one 'in the hand'!
A regular part of our daily doings is also to check the
MUTE SWAN FAMILY
on Parley Pond and to bring you an update image of their progress.
As can be seen there ate still c7.
 and talking of water levels, that at the Irrigation Pond has seen
something of a dramatic fall. Even though a bowser load is taken from here each day,
to quell the dust clouds at the Eco Recycling Works, there is much disappeared
au natural. This has the benefit of exposing the 'scraped' banks which is
hoped to attract more Waders than just
 LAPWING
video
but we'll settle for that in the meantime.
Onward to the Heath and the juvenile
 STONECHAT
 with some now having developed so much that it is possible to sex them
this a Male.
Before leaving and heading back to the tedium of photo editing, list compiling etc,
 there was to be a welcome surprise at the presence of the 'first'
 LITTE EGRET
 at the
 Balancing Pond
alongside Bournemouth International Airport
and we still predict much more to come from this location.
It was my approach which 'flushed' it in the first place,
but after a circuit of the hangers and hard-standings
it appeared content to return from whence it came!
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