This weekend the warm sun brought out the butterflies - Peacock, Comma, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood. There are also lots of Ladybirds and Flies - I even disturbed the pair of Mallards on the pond. But my real WoW moment was as I walked in the field by the main road.
I looked across the road and saw a Hare - I haven't seen a Hare on our land for years, so I was quite excited and crept closer to try for a photo. Then closer still (after climbing a hedge, crossing the road and climbing the gate), he still sat there watching me! I managed to get within 5 or 6 feet before he belted (I could have said hared, but that's an awful pun!) across the field. I then spotted two more at the top of the hill.
I quietly followed the hedge and approached them from the other side. As I came to the brow of the hill I could see their ears when they put their heads up so I just stood still until their heads went down again. At one point they started boxing, but too low for a photo. Then, to my amazement, one of the Hares ran straight for me!!!! I kept having to re-focus - it wasn't as if I was in camo gear (I was wearing green wellies, blue jeans, a purple short sleeved shirt and rather a natty straw hat, with a floaty scarf tied around it). I just stood still and let it get closer and closer................even the wind was against me, the Hare was down wind!
It was only about 10 feet away when it finally spotted me, even then it didn't seem bothered! I spent a wonderful time just watching and appreciating the privelege of sharing a field with these amazing creatures!
They say in life you are always learning, this weekend I learnt two things:-
1. Neverhold a cat when your partner starts up the lawnmower...................it's okay, I shouldn't scar (much).
2. Butterflies crunch when eaten..............thanks Taff!!!
Wildlife and nature