Monday, 7 October 2013

Raving About the Blues!

After finishing work tonight I received a call from Matt Hindle alerting me that 2 Ravens were in the Reculver area, a very scarce bird here and a species I have only seen once here. After a few quick jobs I made my way over to the area where I met Matt and Anne Hindle along with Julian Perry. Matt put me on to the Raven which was distant, the other Raven flew inland before I arrived. It was in a newly ploughed field with some Carrion Crows and despite its distance, the size stood out easily. As the sun was shining I was going to try for a photo but with the farmers active in the area I decided to move on for challenge two, to see some more Long tailed Blues. I walked east along the embankment at Chambers Wall towards Shuart checking all the Everlasting Pea plants as I walked. Despite the sun shining and the temperature still quite warm I struggled to see anything except lots of Migrant Hawker and Common Darter. I met up with another watcher who was also having trouble finding them and had only seen a couple in flight. We walked back to the area he had seen them in and luckily a female Long tailed Blue took to the wing and landed nearby on some Everlasting Pea. I was soon in a position and managed a few shots before she moved off never to be seen again. I was hoping for some better images but these are the best so far I have achieved from the Reculver colony. I made my way back noting 1 Kestrel, 1 Peregrine c10 Golden Plover, c20 Wigeon, 3 Curlew, 1 Common Buzzard and c10 Chiffchaff. A very nice start to the week but it looks like the weather has other ideas in the next few days!

Female Long tailed Blue


  1. That could be the last of the flutters mark, looks to turn much colder on Thursday :-)

  2. Pretty amazing photography, thanks Marc.

  3. WoW! Beautiful photos.
    Greetings, RW & SK