On my walks round the village either in the morning or later in the day I always like to have my camera as I never know what I will come across. The one day I didn’t have the camera a Fox came into the lane and stopped for a few seconds, I was so cross with myself! Many days, especially with the weather we have had I have just taken it for a walk! Then there are those special days like when I was heading to Netmead field and there was a handsome Roe Buck just inside the gate, he knew Tilly and I were there but was unconcerned with our presence. I stopped and watched him for a while until he eventually walked towards the river. 

Roe Deer buck
Roe Deer buck
Roe Deer buck
Roe Deer buck

Always looking for different lighting conditions I took and image of the Rabbit with the rising sun behind it.

Backlit Rabbit!
Backlit Rabbit!

I’ve spotted a Buzzard on fenceposts near to home for a couple of mornings, perhaps youngster.

Buzzard
Buzzard

The insect life has become more difficult to spot as there are not so many about, with the weather as it is so I haven’t spent any time just wandering down the lane. Having said that I’m still seeing new things. We saw a number of Crickets in one place, there were Brown Bush-Crickets but one was a little different. When I got home I looked on the computer and I believe it to be a Dark Bush-Cricket, Pholidoptera griseoaptera. Another new spot for me.

Dark bush cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera)
Dark bush cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera)
Dark bush cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera)
Dark bush cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera)

I’m spotting a few Spiders down the lane but they soon spot me and disappear under a leaf. It’s becoming the season to spot Cobwebs in the early morning dew, always makes an interesting picture.

Cobweb
Cobweb

In the lane I spotted  Spider on some thistle seeds, I hadn’t a clue what it was but as always on the Facebook UK Spiders someone soon had an answer, it is a Wolf spider, Pardosa species (Lycosidae).

Wolf spider, Pardosa species (Lycosidae)
Wolf spider, Pardosa species (Lycosidae)

We sometimes spend a little time down in the Spinney at the bottom of the lane looking over the corner of the River Stour hoping to see something of interest. There are quite a few young Chubb swimming about and there is something that disturbs them quite frequently. On that particular day we were lucky enough to see a Kingfisher a couple of times patrolling the river, hoping it would land for a while, it did one time quite close by, but out of site behind all the foliage, great to see though.

We are seeing a number the Brown Hawker Dragonflies patrolling the hedgerow on the lane with their lovely golden wings. Again looking in the river the same day I spotted a female ovipositing at the edge of the river.

So plenty about still but I have to keep my eyes everywhere!

Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)
Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

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