Friday, 23 July 2010

Saltmarsh Delph

We enjoyed a recent visit to Saltmarsh Delph, a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve where the greenspaces were brimming with interest. The most abundant species were these Ringlets that appeared wherever we paused to look.

There were a number of Dragonflies zipping around, this was the only one I managed to photograph. Thanks to Warren who suggested a Southern Hawker.


Passing through the gate, on the approach to the hide were a noisy gang of Long Tailed Tits, Marsh Tits and Warblers (I'm guessing a Reed Warbler). Nearing the hide we caught a glimpse of a Marsh Harrier through the overhead branches, just a few metres above the reeds.






Comma butterflies stood out against fading vegetation.


I enjoyed my first Gatekeeper sighting of the year, identified by the double white eye spot.


We carried on a few miles down the road to Blacktoft and stopped for a half at the pub situated on the opposite bank to Blacktoft Sands Nature Reserve. Strong winds kept the numbers of airborne birds to a minimum although we did see a couple of Grey Heron and 2 or 3 Marsh Harriers.



7 comments:

  1. Great photo of the hawker. I haven't seen a LTT for months.

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  2. Super dragon shot Linda. Good to see you back with the posts

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  3. The wide format of your pics is going to present some nice oppotunities

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  4. Nice to see you back, Linda. That's a super hawker; the blue really stands out. Love your new layout too.

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  5. A good time to capture the Ringlets and Gatekeepers. Cracking shot of the Hawker Linda. FAB.

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  6. The hawker may be a southerm hawker Linda. An interesting compilation of wildlife seen today!

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  7. Thanks John & Citybirding
    Hello Emma, thanks, I fancied trying out a new template & after a few glitches I quite like it.
    Thanks Frank, the Hawker was a lucky sighting & was pleased with the shot.
    Hello Warren thnks for the ID, I have to admit I struggled with the ID so thanks for the help.

    Linda

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