Can you see me – a superb male Sand Lizard at Shipstal Point, Arne. The cryptic colouring is surprisingly effective especially amongst the heather growth that dominates the Arne peninsula. Probably just as well with the dissection of Kestrel pellets proving the local Kestrels are a major predator. In addition, at Arne the Sand Lizards are also predated by Britain’s rarest reptile the Smooth Snake.
On this occasion the owl flew across close in and directly in front of us. Taken with a 50mm lens the photograph above shows approximately the same magnification and field of view as we enjoyed from the National Trust’s Middlebere Farm.