We went over the water to Severnside in the hope of some gulls to try flight shots, but the few birds that were around were firmly rooted to the ground, other than some house martins that were going so fast in the wind that I doubt I could have laid a lens on them.
Disappointed we decided to head for a local pond - the orchard pool. I'd often seen it mentioned on the severnside birds website, but hadn't known where it was. Turned out to be a pleasant enough spot to while away a few hours, try some shots with a lens ........... and get sunburnt as the sun came out and stayed out for the day. Another lesson learned was to pack my polarising filter, but who expects sun in July?
Other than a green woodpecker that kept it's distance there weren't many birds around, but there were some wild flowers and insects. [I'm trying my best with insects and some flowers to get the naming right, but bear with me if I get it wrong - and please let me know via the comments so that I can learn. I may also start taking some plant field guides with me, but you end up carting so much stuff]
musk mallow and Oedemera nobilis
Wild carrot and Ichneumon suspiciosus
(I have previously lamented my ability to tell umbellifer flowers apart,
but the key to the wild carrot is the red or purple flower in the centre -
at least I can get one right.)
Green shield bug on an umbellifer seedhead (hogweed?)
(an interesting plant historically - it used to be used for stuffing mattresses,
said to smell of new mown hay as it dries)
The next plant really threw me for a little while - the shape was familiar, but were these fabulous rich burgundy structures flowers?
Then I found a younger plant and realised they were just the empty calyces of a flower related to one we grow in the garden ...........
The Cinnabar - moth caterpillar
(Apologies for the grass blade - I even considered trying to photoshop it out,
but this is never going to be more than a record snap, so I didn't waste the time!)
This next insect has beaten my best efforts to identify it from my couple of books at home, but it was quite striking - so if you know please let me know!