With some more good weather promised , I set off early for the Greensand Ridge , arriving on site at 0745 , with frost still on the ground . I worked out a circuit , and decided to keep doing laps to see when animals came out to warm up , and the walking would keep me warmer too . Nothing seen on
After which I headed up onto the Common , to see if I could manage what I failed to do yesterday , photograph a Brimstone laying an egg . On the way I looked in on the juvenile Common Buzzard , and it was sunning itself on it's favoured post , thinking aloud , it will soon be it's first birthday .
Several Brimstones were found on the Common , but all males , charging around . I sat on a log in an area of Buckthorn , hoping for a female to arrive . One didn't , but a flash of blue produced my first
With no sign of any female Brimstones , I moved to another area of Buckthorn , and after a few minutes one obliged , but would insist on laying behind leaves and twigs . Eventually an opportunity
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