Sunday, 31 July 2016

Partly cloudy skies this morning allowed for plenty of sunshine to develop throughout the day.

An early skywatch from my seat at Migrant Alley provided views of four raptor species, those being BUZZARD, of which there were 3, KESTREL, HOBBY and best of all a RED KITE. Two Gull species were also seen going over - HERRING and BLACK HEADED, plus a skein of 29 CANADA GEESE flew low over, but little else was passing through.

WHITETHROAT, CHIFFCHAFF, and SWALLOW were the only Summer passerines seen. It was notable that the GOLDFINCHES have produced a few more broods, with a good number of young birds seen feeding on thistle heads at the Greenhouse Grounds.

With the sunshine lasting well into the morning, I decided to try and get some Odonata images, this at last was a success, with Migrant Hawker and Common Dater being photographed, i'll post the latter tomorrow, but here's a few of the Migrant hawker images for now.

This one looks to be an immature male.

Once the Dragon excepted my presence I was able to get nearer for some side on shots, although the light was a bit hit and miss.

It was good to be out using my camera again, a hobby that empties the mind of everything else once you get clicking  :-)


Marc Heath said...

Some nice shots Warren, i've yet to get a resting Migrant Hawker yet. Hopefully one will fall into place soon. Posted some more WED on my blog.

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