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Sunbathing Darters

Sunday, August 25th 2013

Darters appear as soon as the sun comes out.  They sunbathe.  With so much vegetation around, all shapes, sizes and colours, you would think this would be ideal for them, but no they prefer the man made structures.

This one was extremely co-operative sitting on the rail of a bridge, as we photograhed her (?) very close up.  She could see us and the camera, but stayed put for a little while.

Sunbathing darter

The seats around the reserve are not just for people, darters like them too!  We counted at least a dozen of them flying around and then resting on this seat.

Sitting comfortably

All of the net rides are labelled with red markers and are important especially during CES, but they have another use.  Perched in the sunshine, this darter was enjoying her (?) catch.


Darter eating


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