Guess what? I have been to Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits again. Thanks to someone paying attention (not me) I had better mention that the header image is of a Cinnabar Moth caterpillar on Ragwort.
There was a slight wind most of the time during the visit but when it settled for a few minutes with the sun shining there were plenty of white butterflies around. Several Meadow Brown were around. I did not see any Gatekeepers by the path between the lagoon and river that I had done on my previous two visits. A Peacock butterfly was quite obliging.
These three birds were spotted from pretty much the same place. The Chiffchaff and Dunnock were in the lichen covered tree and the Kingfisher across the other side of the river but taken from by the bench.
On the lawns I could hear grasshoppers that were leaping out of the way as you put a foot down. Lots of blue leafhoppers could also be seen jumping around. Looking close at little things can be nice, but sometimes you see things that you wonder about – that Ichneumon fly is a bit unnerving when you get up close.
Getting more general photos of plants and trees allows for them to be identified and means that the little creepy crawlies can’t be seen. When you get up close, like on what I think is a Pignut flower, you can see a black insect lurking.