Nature Notes from Argyll
(and occasionally other places)
Sat 5 Jun 2010 Loch Charn
The scarce Hairy Dragonfly is fairly plentiful at this loch, but like
most hawkers it rarely settles, and I only got one chance to photograph it with
this very poor result. You can see the hairs though! There were
often fights between this species and Four-spotted Chasers. Common Blue,
Blue-tailed and Large Red Damselflies were also present at the loch, which was
heaving with tadpoles.
I was hoping to see the
Pearl-bordered Fritillary which
some of us saw here last year, but had to make do with the Marsh
... and the Small Pearl-bordered
Fritillary, which was about in numbers, particularly where there were Bluebells.
This male Reed Bunting had a good view over the loch from atop an Alder.
Saw the Common Heath moth a few times today, couldn't get
a good pic but this is a lot better than my previous effort which I won't even
link to! The little moth in the RH pic is a Silver Hook, which we haven't
Saw two Cinnabar Moths in different places; got a perfectly good
pic of the other one, but I kind of like this composition.
Shoreweed is under water most of the time but won't flower
until it's exposed, and the dry weather this year has given it its chance as
water levels have dropped in the lochs. The outsize anthers were blowing
about like mad at the end of their long white filaments, but by applying my one
and only photography technique - take dozens of shots and one will come out ok -
I managed to get them not too blurred.
Back home I found this Scalloped Hazel moth on my living room carpet.
Sun 6 Jun 2010 Taynuilt and Inverawe
Not only does the Inverawe Smokery provide out of this world
food, but while you're eating it at an outside table you can watch the
Swallows on the weather vane.
Another bird-dropping moth, this one is Hysterophora maculosana.
Thanks to Roy Leverton for suggesting this. The hoverfly sunning itself on an Iris
leaf is either Helophilus pendulus or H hybridus, I can't tell which as the
amount of black on the hind tibia is intermediate. One of our most
attractive hoverflies anyway.
Pensive Song Thrush
Like a bird on a wire,
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
as Leonard Cohen once pointed out
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