Autumnal moths and a osprey

Moth trapping numbers have picked up in the last few days, with autumnal species like sallow, autumnal rustic and large wainscot turning up. Feathered ranunculus was a species I had not seen before. Yesterday we caught this large Ichneumon wasp, no idea which species, there are a great many, but a smart beast to see.

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P1000183 Ichneumon wasp

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Feathered ranunculus

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sallow

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bordered beauty

Yesterday morning the regular Thursday volunteers turned out to help with more raking up cut vegetation, this time on the western shore of Ibsley Water. We must of been working too hard though as we missed the osprey seen and photographed by visitors over both Ibsley Water and Ivy Lake.

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Volunteers working too hard

This juvenile tench was accidently raked out of lake with some cut vegetation, so we returned it after a quick photograph.

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Juvenile tench

This morning I lead a guided walk, which didn’t start too well with heavy rain and really poor visibility over Ibsley Water. Ivy lake saved the day though with really close views of the great white egret and kingfisher, plus a water rail calling close to the hide.

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