I made a third visit to WWT Slimbridge for the LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER on Friday afternoon, hoping to see it more active than it was last Sunday and on Tuesday evening. It was asleep again most of the time, but thankfully did perk up for a few minutes, long enough to get some half-decent photos at least.
On Saturday, news of a PURPLE HERON had me heading for Coombe Hill Meadows. By the time I was able to get there after earlier duties, it had become quite elusive. Although mainly concealed, somewhat distantly amongst vegetation, it did make regular short flights providing nice views of this juvenile bird.
Below is a few photos from a sensitive forest site, where I connected with two male RED-VEINED DARTERS along with an Emporer, a Four-spotted Chaser and several Broad-bodied Chasers and Black-tailed Skimmers. Nearby I found a Golden-ringed Dragonfly.
This morning I almost managed to dodge the showers at Laymoor Quag, near Cinderford in the Forest of …