Took a drive out to Pennington Flash today in the hope of spotting a Kingfisher; after hours of only brief fly-pasts and very distant view of one preening quarter mile away lol we were eventually rewarded when we remained patient until near the time we were just about to leave ! Unfortunately the KF's were not fishing.
not sure if this is a juvenile ?; it seems to have pale feet in some photos
the weather was mixed, one minute very heavy cloud cover and the next mixed blue sky/cloud and sunshine
then the adult flew in chasing the juvie away !
It was breezy too !!
by now the cloud was heavier so I didn't get any better pics.
I took too many pics - as you do when you see a Kingfisher or two so better stop here lol
Never too many photos Hazel, especially when the content is as good as yours.
Psst, don't let it out, it also makes me feel less guilty when I go OTT with the camera.....
Thanks so much Nigel, the intermittent sunshine was really bring out the insects and still seeing butterflies, dragons and hovers'
There are lots of Little Grebes about Pennington at the moment, in all colour forms (summer, winter and juvenile)
I would suggest your unknown is an Eristalis sp. of hoverfly but I can't tell you which one - diffuse markings on wings might suggest E. Arbustorum but only might!
We have been very lucky in recent months in that one of the three local rivers is very convenient set up with easy footpaths that even my old bones can caterer with. Even better still it has at least two resident pairs of Kingfishers who are quite active most days and one pair seem to like a stretch along the front of a local pub so even non birders take a great interest while enjoying a pint of Yorkshire's best, win win situation.
Thanks, Hazel, for the added photos. Love the new Kingies, and like Gaynor and Catlady, I love the sweet LTT peeking out at you from the greenery. Gadwalls are one of my favourites, too; they have such beautiful feathers.
You certainly were rewarded, even although you had to wait 4 hours! Love the peeping Lollypop!
Thanks Gaynor, you remind me that I've still got "The Spinnies" on my to visit list ! so many places still to explore !
Lovely additions Hazy, the peeping LTT has to be favourite, but I can't help liking the Little Grebe, I didn't realise how small they are until seeing a pair was it last year over at the Spinnies.
A few different birds and a butterfly from Pennington Flash yesterday ......
Red Admiral butterfly ....
Pair of Shoveler ducks
The Lollipops were chirruping their way along the tree line ..
bit blurry but I liked this youngster peeping out lol
Pair of Canada's constantly "honking" their way round the pool
Pair of Gadwall
Not sure what the next species is ?
Heron in the top of a tree
I like the thoughtful third shot Hazy:-)
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