Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 13, 2017

Hawker

The Brown Hawker was ovipositing

at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme .

Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis)

She took her time before she flew off somewhere else to lay more eggs.

At the entrance to the reserve is a bank of wild flowers.

Poppies, Daisies, Cornflowers, Pink Campion – a fabulous sight this time of year.

The wild flowers attract butterflies.

Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)

Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera)

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria)

At the Wildlife Watchpoint hide, a Water Rail showed well.

Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)

It hunted through the reeds in search of its diet of insects and molluscs.  A young Moorhen also made a dash for the cover of the reeds.

Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

Notice its green legs, a hallmark of Moorhens.

An even younger Coot chick was on the waters.

Coot (Fulica atra)

Coots breed all summer long. Little Grebes were diving under the water for food.

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

They leave a disturbance in the water when they dive which allows you to guess where they will surface again.

In the reeds

by the hide were Sedge Warblers.

Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)

Skulking further up in the trees was a Reed Warbler.

Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus)

At the Visitors Centre Sand Martins were still nesting in their especially prepared man made sandbanks.

Sand Martin (Riparia riparia)

 

Common Terns are still on the reserve, feeding their youngsters.

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Lapwing numbers are building up again.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

You can see a deceit of Lapwing fly past in this video.

They are also sitting on the causeway at the top right hand corner of the video.

In this video, they share the causeway with Dunlin, one of the smaller waders nestling in the middle of the picture.

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

At the other end of the size distribution for waders were Curlew (with down curved bills)

Curlew (Numenius arquata)

and Black tailed Godwits (with long bills, slightly upcurved)

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Little Egrets were hunting, and with some success.

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Cormorants are regulars on the reserve, as well as Mute Swans.

Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Finally Gadwall were on the waters before Saltholme Hide.

Gadwall (Anas strepera)


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