Posted by: mynaturaldiary | July 3, 2010

Fantastic Mr Fox

There he was, bold as brass, stalking a Magpie…

… who spotted him in time to escape

Magpie (Pica pica)

just enough out of range to watch and wait for Mr Fox’s next move.

Mr Fox knows better than to chase after a meal which will escape, so he sloped off to find scraps to chew on.

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

Elsewhere on the RSPB reserve at Saltholme, Redshank nest close to Salholme Pool hide.

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

They feed on the waters before the hide.

Despite the waters being low, they manage to find morsels in the mud.

Canadian Geese guard their ever growing goslings.

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

A gaggle of Greylag Geese land on the waters together.

Later they take to the air together.

Before sweeping past the hide.

Black tailed Godwits were on the mudflats.

Black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa)

as were Lapwings .

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Common Terns were catching fish for their young, nesting on Paddy’s Pool.

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

And the Black Headed Gulls were trying to do the same, with their chicks growing apace.

One gull showed his flight feathers off when passing overhead.

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

A swift passed by in the sky.

Swift (Apus apus)

And in the banks by the visitors centre, Sand Martins.

Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)

Wildlife Watchpoint, the hide close to the visitors centre, had Goldfinches and Reed Buntings.

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus)

In the height of the breeding season, one of the nest cameras catches a moment in time for this Blue Tit family.

Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)

Yellow Wagtails were still on the reserve.

Yellow wagtail (Motacilla flava)

It was a still day, no wind.  In the summer’s heat Dragonflies danced all over the reserve.

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