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Ferry meadows in the sun…

01 Aug

A scorcher this afternoon!  When my car temperature gauge hit 38 degrees I wondered if someone had transported me from Peterborough to the Sahara, but no sand in sight.  Admittedly I was parked in the sun, but the BBC says at 5.30pm is is still 31 degrees so it must be one of the hottest days of the year.  A great time for a walk by the lake, nature spotting, hiding in the shade and refueling with an ice-cream.

I saw lots of exciting things today.  The first new creature to be photographed was a Speckled Wood, hiding in the shade.  It refused to open its wings, more concerned with having its afternoon siesta.

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Then was something I had been looking for for weeks…. This I think is Britain’s most beautiful butterfly.  However it took the patience of a saint to get it to open its wings for a camera shot.  It sat near the water’s edge, wings closed….

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Then gradually it started to open them.  Have you guessed what it is?

Peacock half open

Yes, a peacock.  I love it!

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Walking along the lakeside I spotted a guy fishing.  He had just caught something and was reeling it in.

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I initially presumed it was a fish…. after all he was a fisherman!  However, it was in fact an eel.

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He had great problems trying to hold it…

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But eventually it posed for the camera…

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This was followed by a water stop to rehydrate and then a look at the wildfowl on the water.  The swans were so majestic in the sunlight.

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I can’t quite say the same for the straggly signets…….

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It was good to see the coots swimming about with the flock of Canada Geese.

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And the cormorants on their usual spot on the buoys on the lake.

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And even better seeing the Canada Goose family .

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With the goslings…..

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Last but not least I spotted some bigger creatures……

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Trying to walk on water…

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A fun outing in the British sunshine – yes, we do have sun some sometimes!

 

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1 Comment

Posted by on August 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Ferry meadows in the sun…

  1. Emma Carroll

    August 1, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Lovely shots Sian!!

     

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