The warm spring sunshine tempted me away from editing commercial photography shoots to head over to do some insect photography at Brockadale. There were plenty of butterflies on the wing, including brimstone, orange tip and large white and plenty of whitethroats in full song. Across the valley, the soft purring of a turtle dove was the first one I’d heard this year. Photographcally, I only managed to capture images of some common carrion flies, a tawny mining bee and a small micro moth which I have yet to identify positively. Most of the images were taken with the Nikon D500 and Nikkor 200mm f/4 macro lens, although the frst image of the flies mating was taken with the Nikkor 200-500mm and a 1.4x extender!