It was a lovely warm sunny day at The Wetland Centre, with lots of visitors including several groups of young schoolchildren. The centre is used extensivly as an educational resource.
There were not as many butterflies as I expected, but this Brimstone was an exception. They have bright yellow upperwings so look yellow while flying, but normally rest showing the pale green underside.
Freshly hatched Peacocks are spectacular - like most butterflies they take off backwards:
At the other end of the lepidopteran spectrum, one of the small anonymous micro-moths:
Caddisflies look like small moths and are related to them, but grow up as aquatic larvae rather than caterpillers:
A Common Lizard enjoying the sunshine:
The enemy - away from water, Herons feed on frogs and lizards:
The strange looking Egyptian Goose was once imported into wildfowl collections at stately homes, but have now established itself in the wild:
I think Starlings are under-rated in the bird beauty world . . .
but the Greenfinch is still wonderful:
My first damselflies of the year:
Common Blue Damselfly
One of the many spiders around:
Common Crab Spider
I feel like it's cheating to show photos of wildflowers at the Centre as everything has been planted, but Flag Irises are always photogenic:
Yellow Flag Iris
Blue Flag Iris
Once again, my thanks to the members of the Wild About Britain Forum for their help with identification.