Great Bardfield Bridleway Walk

We went out for a short walk to Great Bardfield and parked up and walked down a marked bridleway.    It was butterfly heaven and I was treated to seeing ‘Orange-tip’  ‘Holly Blue’ and  a ‘Speckled Wood’ butterflies.     This was especially great for me as the ‘Orange-tip has been an  elusive butterfly  as they never seem to settle for long.    It was so lovely walking along the path and seeing the countryside and hearing wonderful birdsong.

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Orange tip (folded back wings)

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Orange tip

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Holly Blue

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Speckled Wood

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Bridleway in Great Bardfield, Essex

Wicken Fen

Earlier in the week  I headed off to Wicken Fen with my sons.   It was a wonderful weather and from the moment we left the car we saw some amazing stuff.    First up was a couple of tree sparrows having a dust bath and then a muntjac deer  mooching about under a hedge.

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A newly dusted Tree Sparrow

It was really good to see the sun and walk on the board walks through the reeds, chatting and taking in the sights and sounds.

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The Wicken Fen Windmill Pump through the reeds

We saw lots of butterflies but my favourite was the ‘brimstone butterfly’  it is always one of the first I see each year and up until now I have never managed a photograph of one as they are so fast and never seem to settle anywhere.  However my son spotted one stopping and and saw that on closer inspection it looked like a leaf,  not the bright yellow but a green.

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Brimstone

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Peacock

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Speckled Wood

We saw some birds from the hides dotted around the reed beds and I particularly liked my Moorhen with the reflections in the reeds.   The Long-tailed tit is a little blurred, as is the Marsh Harrier.    But seeing this majestic bird flying above the reeds was a really spectacular and my picture does not do it justice.

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Moorhen

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Long tailed tit

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Marsh Harrier