Archive for May 29th, 2008

29th May 2008, Thursday

Lapwing disability

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A brood of three young Lapwing chicks was close to the Wader Pool hide today, giving good views. The adult female with them seemed to be limping, but on closer view it was missing the lower part of the right leg. 

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29th May 2008, Thursday

RX Wildlife

As part of the week long RX Wildlife and Culture Festival, a “shrimping along the the shore” event was held today at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve under the guiding eye of Brian Cornish. Good numbers of children turned up and collected a good selection of “denizens of the deep” from the shore and rock pools. The highlight being 8 Long-Spined Sea Scorpion pictured below.

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29th May 2008, Thursday

Pannel Valley NR Moths

Although there was not a huge catch this morning, several species put in their first appearance for the year. These included Elephant Hawk-moth, Straw Dot, Small Magpie, Burnished Brass and Large Yellow Underwing. Thirty two species were present with Flame Shoulder and Angle Shades being the commonest.

29th May 2008, Thursday

Guestling Wood

Despite the damp and cold conditions, Azure Damselflies and Four-spotted Chasers were emerging around the small pools at the bottom of Guestling Wood yesterday. Unfortunately a trouble free emergence is not guaranteed. The top picture shows a male Azure with the tips of the wings still trapped in the wing cases of the exuvia, which is attached. Pre-flight emergent Four-spotted Chasers (bottom picture) were also waiting for a clear spot in the rain to take their maiden flights.

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