Sunday found me awake very early and must more rested than on Saturday. All I had to was decide where to go. RSPB Rainham looked promising until I looked at the train websites and saw some of the journey was subject to delays. WWT London also looked to be good until I saw it was family fun weekend and I didn't fancy battling my way through the crowds.
My mate Fewy often raves on about Bushy Park, a place I've never been, so as I was up early enough to afford the hour long bus journey before losing the best of the morning light, it was Bushy Park I chose.
|map of Bushy Park|
Bushy is smaller than it's close neighbour, Richmond Park, but just as beautiful. It shares the same different habitats, and Fewy and I spent most of our time in the Woodland Gardens...
Fewy had found a Great Spotted Woodpecker nest on one of his previous visits, which was at the wrong angle for me to try and grab any photos with my little 300mm zoom lens, but there was plenty to keep me occupied whilst Fewy staked out the Woodpecker nest tree...
It really is the month for critters, and to add to my growing photo collection of them was this lovely Wasp Beetle, a beautifully marked critter that shares the same 'warning' markings as a Wasp.
There were other beetles around too, both of the below which I've already got on my 2015 photo list...
|Black-headed Cardinal Beetle|
|Fewy found a mating pair of Large Red damselflies. As they moved around the female (at the back) clung on to a strand of grass as if to say 'I've had enough !'.....|
|mating Large Red Damselflies|
|But the high-light of my day was finding lots and lots of both Banded and Beautiful Demoiselles. To me these have to be the most beautiful of all the Odonata. |
|male Beautiful Demoiselle|
|immature male Beautiful Demoiselle|
I could have photographed these beauties all day.
There were other distractions around with a Nuthatch landing near to me.....
and a Wren that kept landing on a nearby log looking for tasty tidbits...
Fewy also got down with the Demoiselles and also found a pair of mating Green Dock Beetles
It was around this time that disaster struck. My favourite and most often used camera lens, the Sony 75-300 zoom, started malfunctioning. I could still use my little 18-55 lens so not all was lost, but it did put a sour note on my so far enjoyable day out.
Fewy came up with a solution though. His camera can take two SD cards at the same time.
So all the photos below are taken by the Fewy but on my piggy-backing SD card....___________________________________________________________________________________
|male Great Spotted Woodpecker with food|
|looking inside the nest hole....|
|emerging from the nest hole with a nice fat juicy fecal sac|
|mating Green Dock Beetles|
|mating Banded Demoiselles|
|female Beautiful Demoiselle|
|female Banded Demoiselle|
|Robin with food|
So the day was not in vain after all. We didn't spend the whole day at Bushy, I was still feeling very lethargic and achey, but it's certainly on my list of places to re-visit very soon.
Thanks Fewy :)