Saturday 5 September 2015

A Journey Through The Past.

It was a trip to remind us of the past on Thursday for me and Pete hoping to hunt out the Adonis Blue on Malling Down and the Coombe. This is an old stomping ground for both of us, although I haven't been to the Coombe area for over 30 years!! We were hoping for a bit of shelter in the Coombe from the cold wind. Parking at Malling Down we saw lots of butterflies nectaring on the Devils Bit Scabious including a very smart Painted Lady.

Painted Lady.

On the short walk from Malling Down to the Coombe we had very close views of a family of Spotted Flycatchers and a Redstart. Then into the Coombe we were surprised that the wind was still too strong and this made the close-up photography quite difficult. A single Autumn-ladies tresses was nice to see as well as a mating pair of Meadow Brown. The Adonis were quite easy to find with good numbers showing in the brief sunny bits. My target of the females were seen with some egg laying, although as soon as the sun went in they became quite hard to find again. I managed a few shots, but not quite as good as I was hoping.

Mating Meadow Brown.

Female Adonis Blue.

Female Adonis Blue.

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