I'm the eternal optimist, but even I've begun to get a bit frustrated with days of constant rain, complaining that we've been lured to the Isle of Wight under false pretenses. Is this really the sunniest place in the UK??!! So, I was really excited when the sun shone this morning and took the opportunity to slowly wander westwards along the path from the High Down car park.
I was watching a young rabbit exploring the scrub at my feet and decided to get a bit of video footage. As I pulled the camera from my pocket a Stoat suddenly leapt onto the back of the rabbit.
You can't see much in this sequence as the Stoat pulls the young kit away, but you can hear the distressing squeals of the Rabbit. Distressing though it is, it's a sound worth learning because it will reveal Stoats at their bloody work when you're out walking in the countryside, just about anywhere where there are Rabbits!
Finally, can anyone help me with the identification of these beetles?
I'm guessing this next one will be more of a challenge. I found it in the net after extracting a Hoverfly. It's only a few mm long. The abdomen is an irridescent green/black colour and it has that obvious orange-red band around the base.