This blog post will cover two excursions out I made at the very end of August. The first was a morning visit to a local nature reserve. The second was a day out to the other side of the Vice County. This is my illustrated account of those visits.
Tuesday, 30th August Kelham Bridge Nature Reserve
Kelham Bridge is about 15 minutes from my home by car. It has produced some interesting sightings in the past, but I had not been there for a long while, mainly because much of the interest can only be viewed from the two hides which are rather small and cramped and I didn't consider them a safe place in early Covid times.
Kelham Bridge has a reputation of being a dragonfly hot-spot, but I have never found it to be so, although one can be almost guaranteed to see them in the right season and suitable weather. I have, in the past, found it more interesting for birds.
As I entered the site, a Kestrel alerted me to its presence by flying out of a tree ahead of me and disappearing over the road behind me. I attempted some grabbed shots but this is the best of a bad bunch.
|Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) - Kelham Bridge NR|
|Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) - Kelham Bridge NR|
A little further on I found a Migrant Hawker which, at first, I took to be an immature male because of its blue colouration, but subsequently realised it was a rather blue female. I have no idea as to what may be the reason for the curved abdomen.
|Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) (female) - Kelham Bridge NR|
|Comma (Polygonia c-album) - Kelham Bridge NR|
|Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) - Kelham Bridge NR|
|Common Darter (Sympetrum striolatum) (female) - Kelham Bridge NR|
Although it had not been a particularly productive visit, it was very enjoyable in this tranquil place and I intend to return soon.
Wednesday, 31st August Rutland Water Nature Reserve
On this day I spent the greater part of a day on a visit to Rutland Water. I took my usual owling route and, as tends to be the norm these days, no Little Owl was seen.
My visit was to the Egleton side of the nature reserve and I kept to the north side of the Visitor Centre whilst there.
I missed out calling into Redshank Hide as people were going into the hide ahead of me. Little was seen from Grebe and Osprey Hides but as I walked round Sharples Meadow I found Ruddy Darter and Common Darter dragonflies.
|Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum Sanguineum) (male) - Rutland Water NR|
|Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) - Rutland Water NR|
|Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) - Rutland Water NR|
|Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) (female) - Rutland Water NR|
|Comma (Polygonia c-album) - Rutland Water NR|
|Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis) (female) Rutland Water NR|
|Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) (female - immature drab form) - Rutland Water NR|
|Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) (female - blue form) - Rutland Water NR|
|Spiked Shieldbug (Picromerus bidens) - Rutland Water NR|
|Hobby (Falco subbuteo) - Rutland Water NR|
|Red Kite (Milvus milvus) - Rutland Water NR|
|Great White Egret (Egreta alba) - Rutland Water NR|
|Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) - Rutland Water NR|
|Greenshank (Tringa nebularia) - Rutland Water NR|