A Butterfly, a Bird and some Bindweed.

The glorious weather continues and this morning I was down by the coastguard station. I headed north along the coast through Hightown Dunes and Meadows to see what I could find.

Lots of butterflies were on the wing but they were very active and hardly settled for an instant. I did however spot some Large Skipper feeding on Vipers Bugloss and managed to get my photo.

3. Large Skipper

7. Large Skipper

                                     The Large Skipper ( Ochlodes sylvanus )

Glancing out to sea I spotted a large bird perched on a rock. With my trusty little Lumix camera on maximum zoom I managed to get a shot before it flew off. It was a Heron.

13 Heron

Walking back along the erosion I was looking for Sea Bindweed. Last week I had seen the heart shaped leaves but today I spotted the first flower.

8 Sea Bindweed

The plant is found around the coastline of Britain but is quite rare. The flowers are pink with five narrow white bands. This differentiates it from the more common Field Bindweed which is usually all white.

12 Bindweed

                                                     Field Bindweed.

Sea Bindweed (  Calystegia soldanella ) is also known as ‘ The Prince’s Flower’ According to legend seeds fell from the pocket of Prince Charles Edward Stuart when he landed back in Scotland in 1745 to lead the Jacobite uprising.

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As I crouched down to take my picture I felt a sharp pain in my arm. I looked down just in time to see a huge horsefly disappear. I had been bitten right on the vein on the inside of my elbow. It immediately started to swell up. Time to head off home.

Now where did I put the antihistamine cream?

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
This entry was posted in Birds, Butterflies, Hightown Dunes and Meadows, Natural History, Photography, Sefton Coastline, Wild Flowers. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to A Butterfly, a Bird and some Bindweed.

  1. Doreen Thomas says:

    you have a good eye for things.

    Being alone helps, otherwise one can be busy talking

  2. crosbyman66 says:

    Yes. I can go at my own pace and appreciate what is around me.
    It’s still nice to walk in a group but then I do a different type of photography.

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