Wednesday, 23 June 2010

High summer on Studland

Attended the Annual Forum of the Dorset AONB on Studland today - cyclable from home in Poole. Little Egrets (above) in Baiter Park will let you cycle past without a second look, but braking or stopping is usually enough to spook them - not so this one, which continued fishing intently, allowing me to practice with a new, cheap and cheerful Tamron 70-300mm lens. On leaving the ferry for Studland, it wasn't long before I came across a colony of Silver-Studded Blue butterflies on Studland Heath -several males (above) and a couple of females, including some freshly emerged specimens.