The sun gradually retreated further into the cloud the further I ran, and a wet weather front began to line up ominously along the far horizon. The council has begun the annual verge murder along the cycle path, but it could be worse, they have only chopped back the initial metre or so. I just wish they'd wait till October.
Two main attractions of note today. One was in the Owl Land, where recently I haven't seen a whole lot of interest. Well today, I flushed a large flock of perhaps 150-200 lapwings up from the long grass barely ten metres away, black and white flashing wings prominent.
I've barely seen a lapwing since spring, so it was welcome to come across them again. These birds are presumably heading South in fits and starts.
The next thing was when I was on the power station reach of the river path, having yet again failed to take an in focus picture of a common blue damselfly. Wretched things perhaps live permanently out of focus, I think. Like ghosts.
Anyway, I was running along, when I noticed a brown scuttling form at my feet. It decided to play the "Freeze, and I'm invisible game" when it realised there was a humanoid giant in its path, thus giving me plenty of time to inspect it.
It was a tiny little shrew, the first I've seen alive, and it was shuddering, tiny heart pounding all the beats to a minute. I took a couple of photographs quickly then left it to it, to hide amongst the ragwort and himalayan balsam.
A fine couple of prizes for the day, I think!
All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 19.08.15
|Hoverfly on Polish neighbour's lily|
|Almost a good macro shot|
|Holly blue at library|
|Ragged small white|
|Damn that shadow!|
|Off into the south|
|Common blue damselfly, as good as I could get|
|Swiss roll in the fields time|
|Fly grazed under the bypass|
|Lovely boat on the river|