A year ago today I posted about the glorious show of Devil's Bit Scabious turning the hillsides at Lydden a lovely shade of blue/mauve. This season continues to be a week or two behind (strange how the cold spring affects later seasons) and the flowers are starting but not yet fully out - next week could be wonderful.
Plenty of Adonis Blue butterflies were flying despite overcast conditions, and the thought occured that an Adoinis on a Devil's Bit would be quite a sight..... and make quite a picture. Much leaping around provided photos of the butterfly on the flower, but never on an open bloom, nor would they open their wings. So much for the money shot.
Thirty-five Adonis Blues were counted, and four Silver-Spotted Skippers which seem to shiver in the cool breeze.
The hillsides are speckled with clumps of Eyebright, and on one damp slope a crop of large fingi have appeared, looking monolithic in their structure. Most are already the size of dinner plates, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the autumn brings.
Earlier, I had missed a Wryneck at St Margaret's (Paul went left and found it; I went right and remained blissfully unaware), so it was good finally to see one at Sandwich Bay, where the usual long-lens crew were staked out. Does nobody carry a telescope anymore? The big cameras seem to have taken over.
The quality of my images probably answers that question. Good views, though, and a long-overdue life tick after hearing them in Italy. While we waited for it to reappear from the long grass, a multitude of Whinchats and Wheatears kept us entertained.