Yesterday was a Very Good Day. Not that the very indifferent weather played any part in that. Katherine and Keith came for a long lunch - excellent, knowledgeable and witty company always makes me feel happy. Then I spent some time with Catriona whilst doing a few more tweaks on the laptop before Wendy and Martin got home. Then The Family came for dinner (and we watched an episode of Downton Abbey) and I finally fell into bed earlier than usual to catch up with some sleep.
When K and K were here two birds visited The Cottage: a Fantail and a Kingfisher. Fantails visit frequently and are quite happy to come within a few feet of you to catch insects. However they are constantly on the move and photographing them is extremely difficult. The best I could manage yesterday was:
|Fantail on The Cottage deck|
|Fantail on the opposite side of The Paddock|
I had better luck with the Kingfisher although the dull light and the fact that it was taken through a double-glazed window didn't make the best of it.
I also received some help identifying a Dragonfly which had died in The Cottage after having, presumably, chased a fly inside with a view to having a meal. We think that it may be a Ranger Dragonfly (Procordulia smithii). If it is then it would appear to be unusual in this area.