August 2008. Flying high.
Written by Jos   

White Stork chicks



An excellent start to the month, the Rollers fledging in Labanoras, plus the garden White Storks near ready to fly. On top of that, still butterflies in abundance, including such delights as Swallowtails and Camberwell Beauties, a Large Grizzled Skipper, nine species of fritillary and three new species for me -  a Lesser Marbled Fritillary at Labanoras and both Little and Turquoise Blues near my Vilnius home.




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 September 2008 )
July 2008. Butterflies galore, Lithuania, Poland and Britain.
Written by Jos   

Reverdin's Blue

July means butterflies, the peak of the action. As the month began, Lepidoptera did indeed steal the limelight, a couple of Reverdin's Blues leading the march. Not to be outdone, however, birding was also good, with breeding Rollers in Labanoras and, all in Poland, a fine assortment including Bee-eaters, Ortolans, Collared Flycatchers and more, plus Elk and Pine Martin. By the second week, the butterfly action had really moved up a gear - 38 species recorded over a single weekend, including Moorland Clouded Yellows and Cranberry Blue, both new species for me. A week later, things went through the roof - five more new species, including Large Blue, Spotted Fritillary and Rock Grayling! And as a finale to the month, a super weekend of butterflies in Britain -the tops being Lulworth and Silver-spotted Skippers.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 September 2008 )
Finland, bears and rares!
Written by Jos   

Brown Bear




Fantastic, no other words! In a trip that fulfilled my lifetime ambition to photograph Brown Bears, I couldn't have asked for more on this short break.






Last Updated ( Monday, 12 January 2009 )
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