Saturday, 15 March 2014

Late Morning Heath Hunting!

I was up and out of the house at 6am where on my way down to Reculver I saw 1 Little Owl perched in a tree. The forecast was for a brisk northerly wind with light cloud which eventually turned into a late sunny morning as I was getting ready to go home. I met up with Julian Perry and we walked down to Coldharbour and then inland to Chambers Wall before walking back along the embankment to the seawall. Birds noted were 2 Curlew, 21 Redshank, 1 Black Redstart was seen on the rocks near the towers but couldn't be found on our way back, 7 Oystercatcher, 5 Pied Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 14 Shelduck, 2 Gadwall, 6 Mallard but despite searching al the rocks we could not turn up a Wheatear. Moving on we noted 7 Dunlin, 7 Sanderling, 4 Reed Bunting, 1 Turnstone, c30 Dark bellied Brent Geese, 1 Pale bellied Brent Goose, 2 Little Egret, 1 Canada Goose west and at Chambers Wall there were 2 Yellowhammer and c50 Corn Bunting. With a couple of hours to go before returning home I called in at Bishopstone Glen just west of Reculver where I spent some time with the macro lens trying to work out various settings etc. I managed to find another Comma which I spent some time photographing, my efforts ranging from pathetic to quite nice.


With the sun coming through I then made the 5 minute drive over to East Blean Wood to see if I could find and Heath Fritillary caterpillars sunning themself, a bit of a needle in a haystack scenario but I thought it was worth a go. On arrival I could hear 1 Lesser spotted Woodpecker calling which I heard a few times later as well and a Coal Tit could also be heard. I soon found a Comma in the sun and a good search of the leaf litter in the end revealed a tiny Heath Fritillary Caterpillar, only about 7mm long. I then spent some time trying to photograph this with the macro lens, again with a varying degree of success but no doubt and issues would have been to do with the bloke on the end of the camera!

Heath Fritillary Caterpillar

A nice and enjoyable session and very nice to see the Heath Fritillary growing and surely during the week a few migrants will arrive in the area...... and you never know, I might even get the hang of this lens soon.


  1. Looking good Marc, soon be back in the swing of it :-)

  2. I wish I could struggle as badly with my Macro lens as you are Marc!
    I would be very pleased if I could achieve anything of the standard as above.

  3. Good to see the Heath Fritt larva showing already. Well found!!

  4. Hello Marc,
    Lovely shots well in focus.... with the 150 macro?
    Have you received my answer by mail concerning this new lens of yours?
    Enjoy your sunday!

    1. Yes thanks Noushka, all received. Do you use live view, tried it yesterday and found it really helpful when focussing.