Thursday, April 21, 2005

Barnack Hills & Holes NNR


Pasque Flower

I joined Brian Stone at Barnack this lunchtime (coincidentally meeting up with Kevan Wolstencroft and Howard Butler) with the aim of photographing Pasque Flowers - if they were out... It was great to see a brilliant display of flowers on many parts of the reserve; in fact, they were just about the only thing in flower, apart from Cowslips.


There's a bee inside this one!

Read more about Pasque Flowers here:
www.purplesage.org.uk

and Barnack Hills & Holes here:
www.english-nature.org.uk


Best bird of the visit was undoubtedly this splendid Red Kite, which floated regally in from the west, 'rudder' twisting from side to side, before giving us a magnificent fly-past directly overhead. It's easy to get blase about kites locally, now that they're present in such good numbers, but today's encounter reminded me what amazing things they are.

Didn't even need to digiscope it!

photos taken with Nikon Coolpix 995