Finally become a proper twitcher now having found an alert on a website that said there were lots about in Pett we headed over there this morning.
After an hour of fruitless plodding we were about to head for the car when a chap showed us where they liked to roost 'but they've just left and it may be an hour or more until they are back and last time they sat for 30 seconds'
Boys not impressed by this
Anyway after about 20 minutes a shrill call anounced one or two arriving in tree opposite the canal
Snapped away just to get a record ( the sun had gone in by then grrr) but they stayed long enough for me to nip around the back right under their tree !!
One guy I was with said he'd last seen them in 1953, they don't come by here very often
Truly beautiful creatures though I'm sure you will agree - for those interested they are migrants and thanks to a poor fruit crop in Scandinavia they have poured into the UK - this doesn't happen very often at all
Sorry its a bit image heavy but I was crazy excited - shame the sun didn't shine, but I can't really moan. the red and yellow on the wings really looks like wax was just dripped onto them.