September 2006

The insects (and arachnids) were the stars of the month again...although I did get a few decent bird pictures so I probably won't have to change the name of the website after all!

female Southern Hawker (Aeschna cyanea) - Burton Marsh, Cheshire

My two favourite photos of the month were this extreme close-up of a roosting dragonfly and a rather prettier than usual red colour variant Araneus quadratus. I love spiders, so I hope any arachnophobes out there will to forgive me for calling them pretty!

female Araneus quadratus - Burton Marsh, Cheshire

Some bird photos will follow (honest!), but first here are some more spiders...

Araneus diadematus - Burton Marsh, Cheshire

female Meta Segmentata - Inner Marsh Farm, Cheshire

male Meta Segmentata - Inner Marsh Farm, Cheshire

...and some more insects...

Most of the ivy flowers had withered by the time I got round to thinking of looking for some moths, but there were still a few producing nectar. Unfortunately, nothing particularly interesting was attracted to them and the only moth I saw was a Silver Y. Dead common, but a nice moth none-the-less.

Silver Y (Autographa gamma)
Burton Marsh, Cheshire

Nettle Tap Moth (Anthophila fabriciana)
Burton Marsh, Cheshire

And now for something completely different...At last! Some bird photos...

We had some gorgeous weather towards the end of the month and a couple of Hobbies spent a few days at Inner Marsh Farm massacring the dragonfly population...

Immature Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo) - Inner Marsh Farm, Cheshire

Adult Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo) eating a dragonfly - Inner Marsh Farm, Cheshire

Northern Pintails (Anas acuta) - Inner Marsh Farm, Cheshire

A mid-month exploratory trip to Point of Air produced nothing more exciting than a couple of Chiffchaffs.

Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus colybita) - Point of Ayr, Clwyd

Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus colybita) - Point of Ayr, Clwyd

And finally, on one beautiful evening, just before the sun dipped below the horizon, the local Barn Owl started hunting over the fields...

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) - Burton Marsh, Cheshire

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