Ok, here's Sunday's report. We had a small window of opportunity for butterfly-searching, after aikido in the morning and in between dropping off a tall stack of raptor-related books at Nigel's and getting home to watch Toy Story 2. It was warm but cloudier than Saturday.
Then it was westward bound for Park Corner Heath - a Butterfly Conservation reserve near Hailsham. I had only been once before, to see Grizzled Skippers in spring 1996 or something, but today we were after some midsummer butterflies.
The reserve begins with a track through woodland, lined with bramble bushes. This looked extremely promising for butterflies, but the sun was behind cloud and we didn't see any.
Wandering around, we soon saw a Silver-washed Fritillary, bombing across the 'heath' at dangerous speed. Zero chance of a photo.
On the way back along the access track, the sun was now out and various butterflies were visiting the bramble flowers. We spotted a pair of Silver-washed Fritillaries flying through the wood in their courtship dance - one insect going in a straight line and the other looping round and round it. They came back along the track and went right past us, then broke apart - one flew off and and the other went and basked on some bracken, unfortunately at such an angle that all we could see was the tip of one antenna.
Eventually patience paid off and the frit came to feed on a bramble flower, revealing itself to be the male of the couple (those streaks on the forewing give it away). It is pretty worn but still a lovely-looking insect.