|White-tailed Lapwing at Rainham: one-day wonder on the patch.|
As a birder, it’s been tough. Toughest of all was cutting off the hospital tags and trying to dress myself one-handed to be driven to Rainham in a hurry for the White-tailed Lapwing (thanks for the concern, anonymous commenter, but I managed to get there after all!). Still spaced out on the after-effects of general anaesthetic and heavy duty painkillers, it all felt like a weird dream – except that I have the blurry digiscoped images to prove I was there. (I won’t be able to manage my long telephoto lens for the foreseeable future, so it’s been mothballed).
|Butterfly highlights included this Purple Emperor at Broxbourne, seen here feasting on the sweaty residue of Roy's trousers. Time to put them in the wash, mate.|
|It may be less glamorous and lacking a white tail, but this plover was also noteworthy on the Thames at Grays: the first July European Golden in London for some years, and also an early juvenile.|
|One of two new butterflies this month, this male Chalkhill Blue posed at Aston Rowant, in the Chilterns, on the last day of the month. Even more numerous there were Silver-spotted Skippers ...|
|... while Red Kite sightings in the area included this unusual encounter with a bird blocking the road north of the M40.|