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Monthly Archives: April 2017

It’s another day on the marsh, and I’m about to cross the small concrete bridge over Hoo Book, from Hoo Brook Pasture, on my way to the new nature area along the River Stour, immediately north of Wilden Marsh. If the resident troll tries any of his nonsense this morning, barring my way and threatening to eat me, my size 12 wellie will help him on his way downstream whether he wants to… Read More

I’ll be with you in apple blossom time I’ll be with you to change your name to mine One day in May, I’ll come and say Happy the bride that the sun shines on today

Commonly called forget-me-not or scorpion grass, this genus could have originated in either the Northern Hemisphere or in New Zealand. One or two European species, especially the wood forget-me-not, Myosotis sylvatica have been introduced into most temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and the Americas.  

There are hoverflies and drone flies in Hoo Wood this morning, but I managed to photograph greenbottles. The name green bottle fly, or greenbottle fly, is applied to numerous species of Calliphoridae and blow fly in the genera Lucilia and Phaenicia. I find flies almost impossible not to photograph in the absence of other more exciting insects. I’m not obsessed with them, though.

I’m not a great one for sitting in a hide, but today I am giving it a go. The reason I’m willing to spend the day on my backside is the north marsh kingfisher. I’ve watched this colourful little bird zip past, and on its various perches, often lately. So I’m waiting for the little feller to arrive. Only a pigeon has flown past in the last hour an a half. It’s… Read More

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