A Quiet Walk

Tuesday, August 22nd 2023

Before I start on my story of a quiet walk around the reserve, Brian sent me this beautiful photo of a quiet morning at Foxglove.  If you look closely you can see a second rainbow.  This was the peaceful scene before the volunteers started various tasks.  Thank you very much for all your hard work, it is very much appreciated.

Continuing on the quiet and peaceful theme, I recently set out for a walk.  Walking along looking for things that should not be there in the hope that it might be an insect or other bug, I noticed a movement in the long grass.  Stopping and watching intently, using binoculars, I realised that it was a Roe Deer doe's ears twitching, presumably the flies were annoying her.  A photograph of course, the brown splodge being her ears!

Tip toeing along the path, hidden by a tree, I rounded the corner and not only was it the doe but she had a kid with her.  Another photo but yet again lots of vegetation.  By this time she was looking at me and quietly moved away with her kid following her.

Continuing my walk in the blustery sunshine I was amazed to see a Common Lizard perched on a sunny bridge support.  It was a long way from our normal sightings, however it was not too far from sightings recorded in the early years of the reserve. 

Not a bad start to my walk.  Over Hague Bridge hidden by the trees, I peered round, hoping for a Kingfisher sitting really close for an excellent photo.  No, but a Grey Heron flew up and I was surprised when downloading the photos that I had actually taken a decent photo.

A movement saw me stop a while and I noticed a very co-operative Silver-ground Carpet moth resting on a leaf, in clear view. 

Bees, butterflies and flowers filled the rest of my walk. 

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