Friday, 3 July 2015

The Usual Suspects at Wicken Fen

Last Saturday, Harriet and I decided to wander up to Wicken Fen to see what we could find.  It was hot and hazy, so we eventually settled down in the West Mere Hide for a bit of shade.  We were treated to the occasional kingfisher, hobby and marsh harrier, but none of them came within photographic range.  Typical!  Instead I had to make do with a family of mallards which were patrolling the area in front of the hide.  By the way, the splodges in the pictures are not sensor dust spots but small black flies which were absolutely everywhere.

On the way back to the visitors' centre I spotted a couple of skippers on comfrey.  Botany is not normally my strong suit, but this was a plant which I recognised from my childhood since my grandfather was a herbalist and used to grow comfrey in his garden for medicinal purposes.