Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Summer in the air

After a morning's work I popped to Allerthorpe wood for a lunchtime walk. 

The walk stated off well and I saw a Great spotted woodpecker and Blackcap but after a short while I heard a noise behind and saw a dog. The dog walkers were some distance away so the dog decided it was with me. I grew up with dogs and so do like them but this one was doing a good job of scaring anything off before I had a chance of a photo. Eventually the shouting from the owners persuaded my new canine friend to leave me. Later on their lack on control resulted in the sound of growling echoing about the wood as they met another dog.

Doing my best to avoid gaining a new four legged companion I walked deeper into the wood. I sat on a felled tree trunk to have a snack and heard a Green woodpecker. I saw it but was unable to get closer for a better photo.

I saw it fly to another tree and take up the classic woodpecker pose but as I raised the camera to my eye and pressed the shutter button I thought I saw it fly off. It was not until I looked at the resulting blurred photo later that I saw what had really happened - another bird had flown behind the one I was focusing on. 1-0 to the woodpeckers.

As I had been in one spot for sometime other birds moved in and a few Long-tailed tits arrived. One looked down at the sound of the shutter but did not fly off so I slipped the camera into quiet mode (a feature of the D300s that I am starting to find useful) and it stayed for a few minutes more.

 When I arrived at the wood I could see there had been an earlier and localised shower but the sun was now shining and it was getting quite warm as the cool Northerly winds of previous days had gone. There was a different scent in the air and as I walked along noting an increase in insect life I realised that this day was announcing that Summer was on the way.

Although I was nearly back to the car I decided to stay a little longer and turned onto a different path. I was rewarded with the sighting of a Wren.

I suspected this was close to a nest and moved on so as not to disturb it.

A Brimstone butterfly was my next sighting.
Shortly after that I saw this Green-veined white. 

As I was taking a photo of it I heard a kind lady telling her dog to "stay" and thankfully it was far better behaved than the others I had seen and obeyed.  Due to this considerate dog walker I got my first photo of the year of this butterfly.

Returning to the car park I passed this Pink Purslane.

It may originally be a garden escape  but it made a pretty sight in the wood.

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