Had a great time in The New Forest.
Great close views of Redstart:We were very Lucky with a fly over female goshawk:and later distant views of a honey buzzard, you can't see in these pics but the bird had the characteristic barred primaries:3 Pipit species throughout the day; meadow, rock and tree (in that order):On the insect front I have encountered many different species recently
The best was probably the Glanville Fritillary:But also at hurst castle there were...
Common Blue:Cream-spot Tiger Moth:Painted Ladies:Around key haven I photographed many different odonata to work out what they are at home, Below is a female azure damsel which I first thought was a southern due to the marking on segment 2 :-( :Blue tailed damselflies were interesting with the polymorphism observed in the females, I think I got a pic of 3 morphs so here goes:
typica:infuscans-obsoleta:but they might all be completely wrong!
EmporerDragonfly:Red Eyed Damselflies:Seen here apparently attacking a mating pair of large red damselflies:Close up of a four spotted chaser:Large Red Damselfly:Keeled Skimmers were patrolling the heath:and finally a spotted heath orchid: