Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Dunham Massey - 1.8.10

Sunday, slightly cloudy, we felt like a day out to see what photographs we could get. We had been to Dunham Massey before, but not seen the Fallow Deer that time. We decided to brave the crowds at the start of the school holiday and packed up our gear. Upon passing through the initial gateway we were in luck - all the stags were grouped together eating (I suppose that's what they do on stag parties though!)
Male Fallow Deer feeding
Fallow Deer
Fallow Deer
 Fallow Deer
Fallow Deer running
 We then continued on towards the obelisk where we saw quite a number of blue damselflies mating providing the perfect opportunity of catching them sitting still (which they are rather reluctant to do if you approach them with a big lens).
Common Blue Damselfly
Common Blue Damselflies mating
Burnt Polypore fungus
 Further round we saw some Gatekeeper butterflies gathered together enjoying a little sunshine which had come through.
Gatekeepers and Hover-Flies on Field Fleawort
We also saw a couple of bees (as shown), not quite sure what they were up to...
 Female and male Red Tailed Bumble Bees (mating?)

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