Taking some holiday to make a nice long weekend of the Bank Holiday. This morning, popped down to Arne and managed to get some rather nice shots of a roosting Tawny Owl.  And a couple of Wrens.

I went searching for Oil Beetles in the woods last weekend, but with no luck.  This afternoon, I found one.  Huge thing.  A Black Oil Beetle I reckon based upon the identification guide here.


Also, a Peacock buttlerfly.


A mid morning trip to Mark Ash Wood in the New Forest this morning.  Hoping for Wood Warbler.  Found Tawny Owl (with the help of all the shouting Blackbirds), a few Firecrests and some Redstarts.  No Wood Warbler....

A nice early start on a lovely still morning before work to find Turle Doves.  Usual spot - Martin Down in Hampshire.  At least three purring away in one cluster of bushes.

Some macro photos (with flash) of some some flowers in the garden of our friend's new house.