......and Silver-spotted Skipper below.
I arrived in full sunshine after negotiating what seemed to be miles of very narrow lanes, courtesy of my Sat Nav of course. I ended up parking the car in the lane which wasn't great and all the time I was there I was concerned about its safety.
I got a few shots of them but by now the breeze had picked up and i found it quite difficult to get sharp pictures.
There were plenty of other butterflies around too, like the female Common Blue above complete with attendant Crickets and the male below.
There were one or two Small Tortoiseshells like the pristine specimen above.
And my old favourite Brimstones who led me a merry dance as they settled just momentarily before flitting off just as I was about to pull the trigger.
I was still worried about the car and in the end cut short my visit and returned to the lane. On the way I spoke to a lady walking the biggest dog I think i've ever seen. She had it perfectly under control and on a lead thankfully. She told me she keeps it on the lead there because she understands how intimidating it can be for people even though it was friendly, plus of course it's a nature reserve. Nice lady, nice(ish) dog. She also explained to me how to get to the KWT car park. I didn't move the car, the heat was getting to me and I called it a day. I will return soon though.
Wednesday morning saw me with a couple of hours to spare so I paid a visit to New Hythe lakes. Bird wise there was nothing of particular interest to report. So I once again turned my attention to dragonflies, Emperors, Common Darters and the frustratingly elusive and camera shy Brown Hawkers were all seen. But I was pleased to add two more species to my New Hythe list. The first being Ruddy Darter above. The second being this Migrant Hawker below who helpfully hung up in the east scrub when the sun disappeared, giving me the chance to record the occasion
That was all the beauty. This is the beast. While walking through the West Scrub (and finding my first NH Clouded Yellow of the year) I spotted this horrendous device lying in the undergrowth. It's a trap, of the worst kind. There is a bait platform inside it and when an unfortunate creature investigates, the two powerful hinges snap it shut. I prised it open with my foot and a stick and tried it, believe me it is vicious, in fact the remains of some poor animal, possibly a young Rabbit, were around the trap and I believe its foot was still in it. Quite apart from wildlife, a child could have found it and lost a couple of fingers, or a pet dog could have poked its nose in it.
I disabled and hid the trap and later contacted the Rangers, who were as appalled as I was, they are contacting the Police and searching the area in case there are more.