Tuesday, December 26th 2017

The sun shone and the sky was blue but lots of layers were needed walking around Foxglove this morning.  A Grey Heron did not appreciate his fishing being disturbed as we wandered through the Scrapes.  Another flew up from the lake.  Of course the camera could not focus on the slow movement of wings that are so effective in ensuring that the Grey Heron flies quickly!  If that makes sense!

The lake looked still and calm.

The lake

Wildfowl food was scattered on the slope and top of the bank.  Of course all the wildfowl disappeared.  We returned to the hide and waited and within minutes some Mallard swam across and out onto the bank and started feeding, followed by seven Moorhen.

Mallard feeding

We felt the full force of the bitter wind as we crossed the moor.  It looked rather bleak.


Then a walk to check Lark and Taurus.

Lark and Taurus

Heading back to the Field Centre, three Buzzards could be heard calling overhead.  Camera only caught two.


Bugs and beasties were mentioned on yesterday's blog but unfortunately the images were not good enough to go onto the blog.  So you are not disappointed here are some found during the year and for you to look forward to in the coming summer.

One of the blue damselflies that can be found in unexpected places across the reserve.

Damselfly sp

Brimstone butterflies did well this year and we made the most of several photographic opportunities to obtain good images.

Brimstone Butterfly

Bee species were recorded from early April through to September, although some did not appreciate having their photograph taken and waved a warning leg.

Bee on Devil's Bit Scabious

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