Epping Forest - June & July

by Christian Moss July. 08, 2016 2845 views

Purple Emperor seen at Fairmead - Epping Forest.
Always a special treat to see this beautiful butterfly (even with it's wings up).

Large Skipper - Epping Forest.
I've been away in Cornwall for a couple of weeks so hopefully that will be my next blog entry.

I arrived at Wake Valley pond to find this female Mandarin duck with four young.
I then witnessed a coot drown one of the young which was a first for me.

Grass Snake of Epping Forest.
Finding new locations for this reptile has been a summer highlight.

Juvenile Robin - Epping.
Robins don't have a red breast in juvenile plumage, this helps protect them from territorial attacks.

Whilst changing my lens to photograph this Comma I put my camera bag in dog poo that was hidden in the long grass.
I then put the bag on my back still unaware that is was covered in poo.
As I walked along the sunny glade I could smell the strong aroma so I checked my shoes and nothing.
After about ten minutes of the smell following me I noticed a bit on my bag so I then checked my shirt which was also now covered.
Not my best forest moment.
Shirt and bag in the bin and people wonder what my problem is with quite a few selfish dog owners.

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The Purple Emperor is a magnificent and elusive insect that spends most of its time in the woodland canopy.
The male butterfly is one of the most beautiful of all of the butterflies found in the British Isles.

Juvenile Robin seen in my Mothers garden - Epping.

Broad-bodied Chaser - Long Running - EF

Meadow Brown seen in the loughton area - lots of ringlets around as well.

Emperor dragonfly eating a meadow brown butterfly - Bury wood area - Epping Forest.

Common lizard basking in the forest.

Snake in the grass.

Purple emperor of Epping Forest.
I've been lucky enough to see this butterfly at Fairmead, Pear Tree Plain, Connaught Water & Strawberry Hill Pond.
But I also know it's been seen at Bury Wood, Lower Fairmead, Broadstrood Car park, High Beech & St Thomas's Quarters.

Young mallard seen ay Oak Plain Pond.

Beautiful Natrix.

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Magdalena Dorota 4 years, 3 months ago

super photos :)

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Chris Cann 4 years, 3 months ago

What a sad tale of the mandarins chick, I've never seen such a thing. Great timing catching the dragonfly eating the butterfly. Good to see the grains along with the snakes and everything else you find out and about on your walks. A pleasure as always Christian.

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 3 months ago

So sorry about the dog poo incident! Rotten dog owners!
Great photos, I was looking forward to open winged butterflies!
The mother duck must have taken her young too far afield!
I have seen bar headed geese attack a mallard's ducklings.

4 years, 3 months ago Edited
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