Friday, July 3, 2009

Matthew and the Beeb

Little to report today, as I again spent it helping the Beeb Nat Hist Unit film PEs in Alice. We've got some serious stuff in the can: stupendous 'sallow searching', serial Violence around the Goose Green territory, lots of landing and taking off (they land with a sideways backward flip), a brief bit of courtship, and best of all the disembodiment of a freshly emerged Painted Lady....

Off to Northants now, to film the ultimate Emperor's Breakfast + Mike Dilger....I have now spent 8 days viewing PEs from on high in a cherry picker, and have yet to see one feeding on honeydew or otherwise probing on a leaf for sustenance. Looks like a big myth. How marvellous!

'For he on honey-dew hath fed, and drunk the milk of Paradise' (Coleridge, under the influence of 2 grains of opium).

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