A Natural Miscellany

The beautiful weather not only brings out the wildlife but it brings out the people who have a passion for it too. And I find these people almost as interesting as the wildlife. Today I met naturalist John Fields out on the East Coast Nature Reserve, armed with a big DSLR camera and a very big lens, all the better to get shots of the out of reach wildlife.

Wildlife photographer John Fields out in the wilds looking for some good shots today.
Wildlife photographer John Fields out in the wilds today looking for some good shots.

John told me about some of the wildlife he had seen in that very area, including otters. Like me he wasn’t just there for the birds, but for all of the nature on offer. A few moments after I was speaking to John I got a fleeting glimpse of a day-flying moth I have never previously managed to photograph, the Mother Shipton (Callistege mi). It’s not a great shot, but it is the first I’ve managed to get of this extremely nervous and wary creature, which looks like a small butterfly.

The Mother Shipton is one of those classic moth species, star of many, many wildlife books.
The Mother Shipton is one of those classic moth species, the star of many wildlife books.

But it has to be said the most impressive species on the bogs at the moment is the Yellow Flag, a spectacularly beautiful iris.

A sea of yellow, Yellow Flags.

A close-up of the beautiful Yellow Flag.
A close-up of the beautiful Yellow Flag.

There is so much going on out there at the moment it’s almost impossible to keep indoors for any length of time. Not willingly anyhow.

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