Saturday 16th August 2014

    First stop Chew today. Not much happening sadly. But, while sat in the Stratford hide, we had a surprise, a juvenile Marsh Harrier flew by.....didnt have the camera ready!!!! Typical. Luckily about an hour later, i picked it up coming in along the reedbed. Managed a couple of shots, but would have been better if i had taken the converter off, as most of the shots have cut off one wing or the other!!

Marsh Harrier (Juvenile)
   As there was not much about, i had a quick wander around the small car park, looking for perched Dragonflies. I found a few Migrant Hawkers, and a Southern Hawker. So spent a bit of time photographing them....the Southern had different ideas, and flew before i got back to it with the camera!

Migrant Hawker (Male)
Migrant Hawker (Male)

Migrant Hawker (Female)

   So, to continue the Dragonfly theme, i decided to pay a visit to Priddy, see if the Common Hawkers were about. But, to my surprise there were NO Dragonflies there at all, where are they all?

   When i got back to the car, i had a quick look on the verge, on the opposite side of the road, for Butterflies etc. But found another Adder, sunning itself on the grass.

   Very nice......not sure if she had just eaten, or was pregnant? What do you think?


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