Outing to RSPB Strumpshaw Sunday June 2nd

05 July 2019

SIG: Nature

Above Swallowtail by Liz Akers ARPS

9 Members and partners visited Strumpshaw Fen on a hot sunny day though rather too windy for good Butterfly and Dragonfly photography. The biggest 'disappointment ' was that the Swallowtail butterflies presented no challenge as a pair were busy nectaring right outside the Visitor Centre all day. 

Most of the party visited the Meadow area in the morning while Phil and Duncan spent time in the hides where there was bird activity but only at a distance. It was too windy for much insect flight in the meadow and along the river but we did photograph various static insects and spiders 

Broad bodied chaser by Liz Akers ARPS

Green Shieldbug Egg-laying by John Bulpitt FRPS

From the Tower hide, we had views of squabbling Coots and Black-headed Gulls as well as distant Marsh Harriers and Hobby.

Black-headed Gull with Fish by john Bulpitt FRPS

Lunch was taken at the Visitor Centre and then a walk along Tinker's Lane where a wild area gave us views in the air of Norfolk Chasers and many different insects to keep the macro lens happy in the vegetation. Phil located us a very tame Scarce Chaser to finish the photography session.

Cantharis rustica mating by Ann Miles FRPSScarce Chaser by Ann Miles FRPS

We met back at the Visitor Centre for a final ice cream and view of the Swallowtails

Swallowtail nectaring by John Bulpitt FRPS