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Summer is here at last, so a visit to Rye Meads RSPB Reserve was in order. However, a persistent breeze kept the insects indoors, and made them very difficult to photograph.
Butterflies were very scarce, but I did see my first Common Blue of the year. The underside of the wing is much darker than that of the Holly Blue which we normally see in our parks and gardens.

Common Blue

There were a few damselflies about, but I was disapointed not to see any dragonflies

Azure Damselfly

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Lots of very active bumblebees:

Red-tailed Bumblebee

White-tailed Bumblebee

As usual, hoverflies were easy to photograph but difficult to identify:

Syrphus ribensii

Myathropa florea

Eristalis tenax

Harlequin Ladybirds come in four main colour forms, this one is called 'spectabilis':

Harlequin Ladybird

The Speckled Bush Cricket is a tiny member of the grasshopper family:

Speckled Bush Cricket

Finally the birds - one of my favourites, the Little Grebe (I love the water pattern):

Little Grebe

Lapwings are spectacular in sunshine:


The difference between the Sedge Warbler and other small brown reedbed birds is the prominent white stripe above the eye:

Sedge Warbler

I'm still practising photographing birds in flight:

Black-headed Gull

This pair of Coot were building a nest, probably for their second brood. I think this may be Mr. Coot passing nesting material to Mrs. Coot as part of the courtship ritual, or Mrs.C. passing the stick to Mr. C. and telling him to stop messing about and get on with the DIY.


  All Photographs © Brian Price except where stated