Friday, 8 April 2016

A Touch of Waterfowl

Today I saw my first brimstone butterfly up, its vivid yellow colour catching my eye from a long way across the road. I've normally seen one before now, I normally catch them in March, but the weather on my off days has not been great.

I think March 6th is the earliest I've ever seen one.

It has indeed been a lovely day in the sun today, and the waterfowl are looking iridescently fine. The mating scraps seem to have stopped, everyone has perhaps settled down for the season, and indeed there's a great crested grebe on a nest on The Blue Lake, of which more later, hopefully.

I'll leave you with these admittedly rather common birds, but they are all looking their best.


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 08.04.16


  1. That mallard is a riot of lovely colour, Si. You're right about the others too: smart!

  2. Ah how cool to be seeing the first brimstone of the year - always a good sign that spring is here! Lovely photos, as always, too! - Tasha

  3. Those Brimstones are tricky to catch up with, you'll need those running shoes.
    nice Mallard shots.

  4. Thank you all! I'm glad the mallard shots worked. Bit disappointed with the others, as usual with me, a bit soft.

  5. Well done on the first Brimstone - still waiting here! Just a couple of Small Tortoiseshells spotted so far. Love the colours on the mallard photo :)

  6. Oh the green in your fourth shot particularly - it's great.

    Enjoy your weekend

    All the best Jan

  7. Just the right time of year for them to show off their breeding colours.

  8. lovely photos, it's always worth taking the time to appreciate the common species