Had a walk back down the park this morning to try and get TJ some Warblers to ID, even though i heard Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers i couldn't see any. So you will have to make do with these.
Some sort of Dragon.
Another Dragon..but a lot bigger.
In the area where i could hear the Warblers i only caught glimpses of male Whitethroats so i assume this is a female?.
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You were lucky to be able to dodge the rain today.
Those grebes are lovely, but the second dragon is really pretty - like a beautiful piece of jewellry, and that's my favourite. Great set of pics again.
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TA ..it's been terribly humid here and it threatened to rain a few times.
There were just too many overweight Chris Hoys and Mo Farahs knocking about + families with BBQ,s to get any decent shots.
nice shots Alan
like the damsels,think common blue, the first is holding the female in the water to lay eggs and a second male is on her back,poor thing.
can't help with the dragons even with a sheet in front of me lol
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Thanks Ray there were loads of the Damsels knocking about busy laying eggs in the edge of the lake
Great photos, Alan.
Your first dragonfly looks like a female Common Darter whilst the second one looks like an immature Southern Hawker. The Damsels are indeed Common Blues, the second male is waiting to pounce on the female if the first one lets go.
I know what you mean about the Hoys and the Farahs - I've seen plenty of them on my recent travels!
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Thanks for the ID,s Graham.
doggieHad a walk back down the park this morning to try and get TJ some Warblers to ID,
What a relief you didn't find any. LOL
Great shots of the dragons and damsels. The Grey Wag looks fairly young.
Hopefully, the Olympic effect will fade away soon and all these joggers and cyclists will slump back on their sofas.
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I'm not done yet it looks like it's going to be nice during the week lol.
Is the bird a female Whitethroat?...anybody
Well it's definitely a Whitethroat but I wouldn't like to say on the gender. According to my Collin's 1st summer males and females are very similar. I'm sure RoyW or Seymour would have a better idea.
Thanks for that TJ , didn't think about a youngster so you could be right.
Lovely pictures Alan, my favourite is the Wagtail - I just don't see enough of them. What about a 1st winter bird - RSPB book says- similar to female but its a warmer brown with orange brown feathers in the wing and off white underparts. Female underparts are buff or slightly pinkish.
I'm not prepared to put my mortgage on this though(-:)
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Thanks for that Bob, don't worry i wont ask you to put your mortgage on it lol.
One good thing down there you are always certain to see Grey Wagtails.
Such great photos! The grey wagtail is beautiful. I never see any grey ones. There are plenty of pied ones around town, however, that I've spotted. Such pretty birds. I love all the dragonfly photos, their colours and patterns are amazing. The great crested grebes are simply adorable! :)