After so long away from home, it was nice to get out in the Forest of Dean this afternoon. The sun was shining and there were a good number of insects on the wing. This is one of three Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries seen today, along with Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Speckled Woods, Common Blue, Large Skipper. The highlight of the dragonflies today was a Golden-ringed. Woodlark still singing, Tree Pipits still displaying and a Cuckoo still calling. It’s almost like I was never away!
I’m back home after 5 weeks filming for BBC Springwatch. It was my first visit to RSPB Minsmere – an awesome reserve managed by an equally awesome group of RSPB staff and volunteers. This was me filming a bee swarm on the root plate of a fallen tree, which was broadcast at the end of programme 5.
A female Adder yesterday in the Forest of Dean. I got some record shots of her basking partially obscured by bracken, but when I returned a bit later, she’d moved on and was out on the hunt, and I was able to get this shot.