Demoiselles and Damselflies

Saturday 31st May 2008

A warm day, dry and mainly sunny day, but a bit quiet on the birding front after the excitement of yesterday. At Slimbridge WWT a Kingfisher was on the footbridge near Martin Smith hide, but a strong heat-haze made identification of birds on the river impossible. A walk from Splatt Bridge north along the towpath produced three Cetti's Warblers and two Little Egrets as the only birds of note. A good showing of Damselflies however was present, with Common Blue, Large Red and Blue-tailed. A trip to Westbury Court Garden in the afternoon was very pleasant, with several Beautiful Demoiselles along the ditch. (Photos: female Beautiful Demoiselle, top, below, male Beautiful Demoiselle, Large Red Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Common Blue Damselfly)



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