Arriving early in the morning , the weather was changeable but the sun was out when i arrived which makes a change this year! haha
After a quick chat with the very helpful rangers in the visitor centre , i knew exactly where to look for the Bee Orchids. the first spot was just behind the centre on the edge of a field where they had put a sign up :) in fact i found 5 plants in this spot :) but only one was good enough to photograph!
A walk around the reserve now, a swan is nesting near to the hide on the first lagoon so that is the first place to start :) and here she is, what a beauty :)
A walk along the boardwalks through the sedges , loads of sedge warblers were making a lot of noise! haha , but couldn't get any pics. but i did find this Drinker moth caterpillar feeding on a sedge stem .
at the end of the boardwalk there is a small pond , hopefully i can find a few damselflies but it is early with the cold weather for them to be emerging. after a quick search i found one on a wooden handrail of all places , newly emerged this morning as it hasn't coloured up yet. shot with canon mpe-65 macro lens and focus stacked 3 frames to increase depth of field.
After getting these shots it started raining , not much so i carried on towards the next lagoon hide , passing on the way this view. just love the carved wooden lapwings , so i had to shoot a real one:)
into the hide , and my lens limitations are proven, the birds are just too far away for my 70-300mm on full frame , will have to crop alot!!!!!!! so here is a lapwing.
and after trying without any rewards to shoot swallows & swifts in flight , shot these:)
Time to go and find the other Orchids now , which are on the coastal path on way back to the centre via the estuary. i pause to shoot the local Canadian family :) so cute!
more rain on its way by the look of it!
A view looking at Conwy castle, taken right by the Orchids:)
and now for the Orchids , with yellow vetch flowers all around i used them as a beautiful background to show off the Bee Orchids :D
I noticed a broad legged leaf beetle on a daisy nearby , so took a few high magnification portraits , showing all the pollen covering its head! haha
and then i found a Drinker moth catt on the ground , so again shot with mpe-65 macro lens, 3 frames focus stacked.
I will finish of with my favourite Orchid image of the day , taken when the sun went behind a cloud. which gave much softer light.
Wonderful morning at RSPB Conwy.
images shot with canon 5d2, 100mm & mpe-65 macro lens & 70-300is