Monday, 3 September 2018

Sunday mash up

Spent yesterday morning at the farmlands with Roger, the rest of day stealth birding with a family day out (and Sunday roast and Jacob public mega-tantrum)  at Beachy Head and Cuckmere Haven and in between been trialing out a macro lens to see if worth upgrading from my current macro hack- a £6 tube attached to a standard Canon 18-55mm (which came free with Canon Rebel over 10 years ago) . Upgrading to a proper macro ( Canon 100mm, f2.8, with image stabiliser) will cost around £500 for a second hand job. 

 Yellow Wagtails at Cuckmere Haven- had 60+ Yellow Wagtail, 5 'alba' Wagtails, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 1 juv Knot, 3 Dunlin, 1 Greenshank, 4 Rock Pipit, 80+ Swallow, 1 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin and Sandwich Terns at Cuckmere Haven. Might spend some more time in this area, although thinking might be more of a spring location?- only just over an hour from here.  
 Cuckmere Haven looking over to Beachy Head- some awesome looking habitat. Absolutely inundated with tourists though (i snapped this in a gap between the multitudes)- public engagement with nature gone mad- still plenty of bird migrants though 
 Brown Argus at Beddington yesterday- one of two around. The only grassland butterfly there at the moment- been a real influx of them this year
 £500 worth of Ancylosis oblitella. I standardised the conditions and settings across both lenses for this test. 
 £6 worth of Ancyclosis oblitella 
 £500 of Pink-barred Sallow 
 Pink-barred Sallows- yours for just over a fiver 
 A monkeys worth of Ephestia unicolerella 
Same thing for a jack's alive 

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