A not at all common species that has been in decline throughout its range of central and southern England due to extensive farming practises and ploughing. Fortunately, this particular site is managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust, thereby ‘hopefully’ safeguarding its future for many years to come.
I desperately wanted to return, to see if I could come up with new images but most of all, to soak up the atmosphere of an ancient hay meadow in spring, at dawn. Once again, the cuckoo didn’t disappoint.
Its name, derives from the Anglo-Saxon words, daeyes and eayes, meaning day’s eye. Its other names include the dog daisy or Marguerite after the French princess who adopted it as her official emblem. It is a herbal remedy for stomach upsets, whooping cough and asthma.
A very early start was rewarded with the most beautiful conditions in which to photograph green-winged orchids at Marden Meadow. I arrived at dawn to the sound of my first and sadly up to now, only cuckoo and for the next 2 hours shot a number of compositions. By 7 o clock the sun was too high and so I made my way home while others made their way to work. More will appear here shortly.
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Robert Canis is a professional photographer specialising in the natural world.
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