Tuesday, 21 August 2012


Glyn Evans walked the north side of the Island on Monday 20th whilst carrying out the monthly wildfowl count. It wasn't just wildfowl that were on show as these set of pictures of his show us. These two common seals were seen at one of their regular secluded spots near Maydays farm.

Sometimes it's a bit of a surprise if you don't see a fox. This one looks like a well grown cub of several months old.

This whinchat posed nicely on a wooden rail, stopping off briefly on the Island during the long migration south. There's been only one other whinchat reported on the Island so far this autumn.

This wheatear is undertaking the same long journey as the whinchat, and also posed nicely on this rail.

Late summer is the best time to see small flocks of yellow wagtails especially amongst cattle, where they feed on insects disturbed by the grazing cows.

The colourful clouded yellow butterfly has been scarce in Essex this year and maybe this one has arrived from the continent with the recent warm winds.

The seawalls have been the best place to see the common blue butterflies as there's plenty of their foodplant, the birds foot trefoil flourishing along here.

The yellow belle moth is a fairly widespread moth and often seen at the moth trap at the country park.


Anonymous said...

I hope to visit the island this weekend and was just trying to get a preview, and I must say fantastic photos hopefully I see a tenth as much as on this page.

Dougal Urquhart said...

Hope you had an enjoyable visit to the Island and I trust you saw a nice selection of the Island's wildlife.