Saturday 26th July 2008

A hot, sunny day with temperatures reaching 26oC plus. I spent the morning at Slimbridge WWT, joining the morning Land Rover safari. The safari was excellent, and many thanks to Reserve Warden James Lees for making the experience so enjoyable. Highlights of the visit were:
Martin Smith hide - A Snipe;
Robbie Garnett hide - Two Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper;
Holden Tower - Two Green Sandpipers, two Common Sandpipers, a Little Ringed Plover, two Reed Warblers, a Stock Dove, eight Teal and two Foxes;
South Lake - 12 Redshanks, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, a male Ruff and a Sedge Warbler;

Land Rover Safari - Two Yellow-legged Gulls, nine Whimbrels, three Stock Doves, a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, two Common Sandpipers, a Skylark, a Hobby, two Kestrels, two Little Grebes, a singing male Linnet, two pairs of Common Terns with young, a Buzzard and many Curlew on the river, plus several species of dragonfly: Emperor Dragonfly, Black-tailed Skimmer, Migrant Hawker, Ruddy Darter, Common Darter and Broad-bodied Chaser, and Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselfies (a full listing of today's sightings from both the morning and afternoon safaris can be found here).

(Photos: Broad-bodied Chaser, top, Ruddy Darter, middle, 100-Acre pools with Common Tern nest-rafts, bottom)


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