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