Female Hairy Footed flower bee, Anthophora plumipes.
Whitethroat singing.At the beach, the tide was quite low, but rising and the sea as flat as a lake. I walked west on the sandy strip at the base of the cliff and then on the exposed rock, as always, marvelling at the enormous size of the exposed limpets. Three fulmars circled the cliffs, later settling on a shelf. A male Pied Wagtail, possibly nesting nearby, posed briefly on a rock.
Chattering Fulmar pair.
Herring Gull looking alarmed.
I then returned to the landing higher up, right on the base of the cliff, and it bas buzzing with Tiger Beetles, Cicindela campestris. They are tricky to photograph with the sun blazing on the white of the chalk, so I used the flash to try and remove the strong shading. If you approach slowly and don't make sudden movements, you can get right to them with a bit of luck.
I think this is a Halictus rubicundus.
A Nomada marshamella.
A mining bee, possibly Andrena nigroaenea.
I walked east from the landing. A pair of carrion crows fed on the beach, quite undisturbed with my slow progress up the beach.
A view of the new Sand Martin colony.
A sand martin on the cliff.
Another surprise was my first Marsh Harrier of the year, flying over.
Many butterflies on the wing: Several Wall Browns, two Peacocks, many Green-veined white, a Red Admiral, a male Orange tip, and a Speckled Wood on the ravine.
Wall Brown enjoying the dandelions.
Another Wall Brown.
Nomada flava (likely) on daisy.
Yellowhammer by the visitor centre.After photographing the walls on the landing itself, as I was having lunch, I made my way up the cliff and around the ravine before heading home.