Week off, coinciding with a heatwave, "Fab" thinks I, long time since I've had some excursions, so Monday I decided to revisit the new bit of the river. It seems a long time since I've pootled along the bank seeing what I could see. With the forecast being so hot, and having planned to meet my sister Tuesday at Badbury Rings (That Post Here), I decided to head out at the same time for a comparative weather check, so 6am I began the 10 minute walk to the river
Jackdaws and terracotta against the blue, what a glorious combination
Fair warning, I did debate splitting this post into 2 or maybe even 3 parts as it is going to be long.... and I may run out of witty banter, or even any sort of banter as my brain has melted, sorting though and resizing all the pictures. Also, as is normal for me, there are several pics I could do with having ID's (clue: warblers )
Along the pathway through the wood to the river a glistening web caught my eye, and I wondered how long it would take to create something of this complexity
Along the path ahead of me a wascally wabbit scampered away
And at the rivers edge what looks a bit like a Caddis Fly type thing landed
A Small Tortoiseshell was warming up
Most of the action for the walk took place on the far bank of the river, starting with a Reed Warbler family
Simultaneously a Blue Tailed Damselfly caught my eye (careless of me to drop it, I know!)
And when I looked back, the parent had obviously been sent to get more bugs!
A short way away a Reed Bunting was singing
And further still the 1st of many Banded Demoiselle posed
Another Warbler perched briefly in the open
And a Female Banded Demoiselle glittered in the early morning light, on the dew laden reed
I didn't stop to count, but there were several Small Tortoiseshell Caterpillar "Clumps"
Some bigger than others
Another Caddisfly type bug!
Throughout this 1st part of the walk I could hear a Buzzard keening away in the distance... it turned out it was across the river, through a field and halfway along the next field, in a tree
I decided to loiter a while, in case it took flight, and came my way.... of course it didn't ... it went straight across the field to the left.
There was still a dampness to the ground (I discovered my walking boots are no longer waterproof!) and another web glistened in the light
Next appears to be some kind of Shield Bug
And an odd looking fly?
In the field the other side of the river a pair of deer were playing chase (although he did seem quite insistent!)
One of many Cardinal(?) Beetles I saw
And a Hover Bee ?
Some of the larger Dragons are out and about now, Scarce Chaser I think
Nearby a female Blue Tailed Damselfly
Around the bend in the river, and in the field next to the deer, a Hare
I don't know what colour leverets are, but the Hare and Rabbit/Leveret seemed on pretty good terms
Another of those tricksters... a warbler
And hanging about at the top of the reeds, a Stonechat
There's nowt so sweet as Thistle Nectar to keep the war wounded Tortoiseshell on the go!
There were a number of Whites fluttering about, but few decided to land
The bonus of not having the big lens, is that birds in flight are easier to follow, however, the downside is image quality is severely compromised... there were martins, swifts and swallows hawking over the river, in 5 minute bursts and all I'll say is, I'm glad I don't shoot on film!!!!!
And a Warbler fulfilling family duties
The very rare Narcissus Warbler* enjoying it's own reflection a little too much
The latest NATO approved, intercontinental bug delivery system
Up the tree opposite was this little chap, also present were 2 or 3 great tits, a woodpecker, and some goldfinch, but I can't decipher what he is
A dark Gatekeeper, sniffing out the clover
And overhead a Herring Gull cruised nonchalantly by
Whilst I was perched right on the edge of the bank, hoping for better Hirundine action, a female banded demoiselle dazzled me
A White Legged Damsel briefly settled
Whilst a little further on, and a little higher up, a Reed Bunting preened, and did wing stretches, before settling himself down
A small Tortoiseshell fluttered by (one out of six roughly in focus....things are improving!!)
And nearby a Red Admiral enjoying the warmth
Further along were Emperor Dragonfly and Brown Hawker fizzing about, I didn't manage any decent snaps....
Thanks all, for wading through my drivel,
Stay Safe All (despite the relaxing of measures, be sensible!)
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
"Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again"
Lot to learn
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
Fabulous photos again PB, and good to see you making the best of this nice sunny weather.
I've still yet to see a female banded damsel at my local reserve, they must have them, the males are very prolific every summer!
Those swift photos are brilliant, even without the big lens, well done.
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