They would sit on the river and let the outgoing tide carry them down river, then fly back up and start all over again! They would have the odd sortie chasing gulls and as one came closer I fired off a few shots.
I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time for this Clouded Yellow, a kind lady saw it settle and put me on to it. I have seen a number this autumn all flying, and they are pretty quick for a butterfly, so pleased to see this one settled.
Counted five Stonechats around the reserve today, none posed quite close enough for decent images, but they were great to see.
The image below I think captures some of the essence of this reserve. Great wildlife to the backdrop of electricity pylons and a passing hi-speed train, would I have it any other way? Probably not :-)
The image below, hinted at what might happen next! The Peregrine on it's usual distant pylon was plucking it's prey. I took a shot knowing I would have to crop it heavily, I put my camera away and used my scope to watch it. I then noticed the second bird on the opposite horizontal strut (you can just see the bottom half of it in the image). It was a female Sparrowhawk, and she wanted the Peregrine's catch. She flew across to beside the peregrine, it immediately mantled to protect it's prey, and after a few seconds it flew pursued by the hawk. It soon outpaced her and she gave up the chase, a brilliant, unexpected encounter!