Sunday, 7 July 2013

6 Jul 13 - Butterflies steal the show

I had an early start this morning to catch the high-tide wader roost at Breydon Water. Although the light was great, it reflected the fine, calm weather, which in turn resulted in a rather low tide which didn't cover much of the estuary and the wader roost was practically a non-event with only 5 Med Gulls, 1 Greenshank, 4 Whimbrel and small numbers of Avocet, Black-wits and Curlew. Other than a single Ringed Plover, there were no small waders.

I then headed up to Rush Hills Scrape at Hickling, hoping that there might be some waders on the scrape, but unfortunately it's pretty dried out and other than a few Lapwing there were no waders present.

Rush Hills Scrape looking rather dried up
The best thing about the walk out to the scrape though, was the insets, especially the Swallowtail Butterflies feeding on the Red Campion right next to the footpath. With a bit of patience it was possible to get some really nice views and photos of these lovely insects.

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