Abundant wildlife at Linford
Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Plenty to see on our walk from Linford Bottom this morning.
A cinnabar moth – a day flying moth.The black and yellow caterpillar of the cinnabar moth is a welcome sight in the New Forest – it feeds on the ragwort plant which is highly poisonous to the Forest ponies.
A herd of fallow deer in Akercome Bottom.
Deep in Pinnick Wood, a Greater Spotted Woodpecker finds insects on a dead tree. Notoriously shy, this was taken at a high zoom so apologies for the poor quality of the picture.
A large fungi, over a foot across, known as Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) at the Greenford end of Pinnick Wood.
Chicken of the Woods from underneath with the help of a little flash.
Gathering cloud over Greenford, but the sunshine keeps the greens bright.
The tree canopy of Pinnick Wood.
The natural art of a fallen oak tree. The encroaching cloud creates an odd cast to the colours.
By Linford Brook, the morning sun lights a birch tree against the dark clouds.
The fine avenue of oaks on the approach to the car park.
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