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Monday, 26 August 2013

Wildlife Weekend!

 Wow what a great weekend for wildlife.
On Saturday we went to Martin Mere for a couple of hours and were lucky enough to enjoy some superb aerial displays from a Marsh harrier. Luckily for us Peter had remembered to take his scope so we really had a good view, especially when it landed in the long grass at the side of the Mere. Also saw the largest Toadstool I have ever seen there. No pictures of the Marsh Harrier as it was just too far for my camera.

 Yes a toadstool!

  The Moorhen had made such a neat little nest and was sitting tight.

 Rowan berries are to be seen in great numbers this year so there will food for the birds.

 a lovely late foxglove

 A Speckled Wood Butterfly at Martin Mere

 A Comma in my Garden at last

 This shot was taken from the boat as we were going along the canal with my zoom lens. Kestrel looking out for supper.


Small Tortoiseshell at side of canal

We had two rather unusual ducks down at the canal, larger than the others and a male and female.


 I spotted this Dragonfly hovering about and saw him land on a tree ,very well hidden but managed again to use the zoom to get these shots.

 He looks as though he is feeding on the Elder berries...do they do this?

Tranquil peace on the canal

 Playful dog on his canal walk

 Dragonfly on Elder.
            So it was wonderful to see so much wildlife within 10 miles of Preston......

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