Heron taking flight, Bilbrook

Heron taking flight, Bilbrook

Heron which was fishing, thigh-deep on the far side of the canal just outside Bilbrook. I came along the towpath, so it took flight, landing a little further along. As I got another hundred yards further forward, it once again decided I was too close, taking off once again, this time deserting the canal, probably for the nearby Penk.

Resting, holly blue butterfly, Compton

Resting, holly blue butterfly

Resting on vegetation by the canal towpath at Compton, a holly blue butterfly. The striking blue of their upper wings is only visible when they take flight.

There’s one in the same area every year. Actually, there must be at least two to ensure a fresh generation each year, but I only seem to spot one.

Cobb brooding, Doxey

Cobb brooding, Doxey

Cobb (male swan) brooding the eggs on the nest on the Sow at Doxey Marshes Nature Reserve, plucking feathers from its back to add to those lining the nest.

Cobb brooding, Doxey

Seen on a visit just over a week after https://wolveswild.net/swan-and-nest-doxey-marshes/.