Living in Dorset, it's compulsory to go to the beach at least once every weekend, so I had to leave Swineham in good time to get down to Studland with the family this afternoon. I read recently that a survey said that going to the beach made 75% of people feel instantly more relaxed. I must be in the 25%. I'm just no good at sitting around waiting for a melanoma. As a result I spend my time building industrial scale sand installations which probably require planning permission under Purbeck's strict policies on such matters. Enough wittering, time for some pictures:
|1st summer Little Gull at Swineham
|I wondered precisely what they were catching in the air - this photo suggests damselflies
|This Brown Argus in the car park at Studland made a visit to the beach almost worthwhile
|I thought this was a female Beautiful Demoiselle at first but having checked the books I'm now thinking its the narrower-winged Banded Demoiselle.
|This Little Egret has been frequenting a ditch by the footpath at Swineham for the last couple of weeks.
|Male Reed Bunting still very much in evidence
|Despite heavily baiting the garden I haven't been able to tempt in one of the Red Kites which have been seen recently over the Wareham area.
|Hairy Dragonfly at Swineham