A weekend away in Rutland a what a glorious sunny weekend it was we hit it on the nose, our day out was Saturday and the first port of call was Rutland Water itself. Our stop was at the Lyndon Centre Reserve [Link] along the south shore mainly for Butterflies and Osprey. Our walk took us towards the Manton Bay area of the reserve and during our walk we saw Green-veined Whites, Red Admirals, Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Speckled Woods, Gatekeepers, Peacocks, Brimstone, Common Blue Damselflies, Large Red Damselflies, Common Darter Dragonflies, and after all that we finally arrived at the Wadersrape Hide [Link to Map]. Here it was birds and the Ospreys, we saw 2 adult birds and 3 young from this year, on the nest and nearby posts, along with the Ospreys, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Cormorant, Little Egret (4), Lapwing, Sedge Warbler, Common Tern and Buzzard. After all that we decided on a trip down to Fermyn Woods [Link to Fermyn Woods] for more Butterflies, from Rutland Lyndon Reserve its about a 40 minute journey.
The price at Fermyn is the Purple Emperor and with some inside knowledge we set off on a long walk seeing Holly Blues, Red Admirals, Peacocks, Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Green-veined Whites, Large Whites, Comma, Meadow Browns, Speckled Woods, Gatekeepers, Ringlet, Common Blue and lastly our price a female Purple Emperor and with that we set off back seeing more of the same along with a White Admiral, Migrant Hawker and back at the car park a male Banded Demoiselle, what a brillant day and of course the List :-
Sedge Warbler, Ospreys, Buzzard, Hobby, Kestrel, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Coot, Moorhen, Gadwall, Mallard, Cormorant, Little Egret, Lapwing, Sparrowhawk, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, Canada Goose, Black Headed Gull, Common Tern, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Common Blue, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Large White, Holly Blue, White Admiral, Ringlet, Purple Emperor, Banded Demoiselle, Common Darter, Migrant Hawker, Blue Tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly, Large Red Damselfly
And a few pics thrown in
and a record shot of Holly Blue Butterfly