Epping Forest - Butterflies & Reptiles.

by Christian Moss April. 30, 2018 1677 views
Green Hairstreak.

Green Hairstreak.

Green hairstreak - Wanstead Park.
This is my first ever sighting of this butterfly in the actual park. Previously seen only on the flats.

Vipera Berus.

Vipera Berus.

Basking Adder.
Wonderful morning watching reptiles on the heathland.
Then it was off to Wanstead Park to find some butterflies.
Orange Tips, Speckled Wood, Small White, Brimstones, Peacocks, Holly Blue & Small Tortoiseshells all spotted.

Male Orange Tip.

Male Orange Tip.

Male Orange Tip - Wanstead Park.
These butterflies don't settle for long and this was probably my best effort.
The Orange-tip is a true sign of spring, being one of the first species to emerge that has not overwintered as an adult.

Natrix

Natrix

Wanstead Park Grass Snake.
My first ever visit to Wanstead Park was in 2011. I expected to see Mallards, Squirrels, Herons and the usual other species. Whilst walking around the Ornamental Waters I found a huge dead female Grass Snake, probably killed by a dog. After years of searching all around this fabulous park I've come to learn that Grass Snakes thrive here. Wonderful location.

Speckled Wood.

Speckled Wood.

Speckled Wood - Wanstead Park.

Common Lizard of Epping Forest.

Common Lizard of Epping Forest.

Common Lizard of Epping Forest.

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell - Wanstead Park.

Neonate Adder

Neonate Adder

Juvenile Adder.
Seeing young snakes is always wonderful.
No doggers, photographers, dog walkers, bikers or hikers were around which was incredible.
I sat and watched reptiles basking with the sun on my face, it was like the old days :^)

Green-veined White.

Green-veined White.

Green Veined White - Wanstead Park.

Young natrix.

Young natrix.

One of last years young.

Orange Tip.

Orange Tip.

Male Orange Tip - Wanstead Park.

Speckled Wood - Wanstead park.

Speckled Wood - Wanstead park.

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Terrapin.

Terrapin.

Epping Forest Terrapin.
Unfortunately terrapins are quite common in lots of the forest ponds.
I've seen them at Connaught Water, Earls Path Pond, Wake Valley, Strawberry Hill Pond, Fairmead Pond, Ornamental Waters, Perch Pond, Hollow Pond & Jubilee to name a few.

First young of the year.

First young of the year.

Mother Mallard - Eagle Pond.
Eight ducklings when I arrived. Seven when I left thanks to a hungry heron. This was my best effort in the poor light & rain.

Large red damselfly - Wanstead Park.

Large red damselfly - Wanstead Park.

Large red damselfly - Wanstead Park.

Wanstead Park Bud.

Wanstead Park Bud.

Wanstead Park Bud.

Grass snakes.

Grass snakes.

This photo shows the subtle differences between male and female grass snakes.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 6 months ago

Beautiful series!
#15 - tlot of luck turned into a great pictures!

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

WOW! What a wonderful variety!! Excellent camera work, as always! Thanks!

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Christian Moss Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago
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Jay Boggess Replied to Christian Moss 1 year, 6 months ago

I like to give credit, where credit is due.....

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 6 months ago

especially like the snake photos.. but all are gorgeous..

1 year, 6 months ago Edited
Heike 1 year, 6 months ago

These are all so fantastic !

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