AqualateThe results of my now usual early Sunday morning trip to the Natural England hide at Aqualate Mere
At this time of year ducks can be hard with even the drakes in their sombre eclipse (moult) plumage and juveniles yet to acquire ‘real’ plumage. The camera can help see what my eyes cannot these days.
An Oystercatcher flies by calling.
This shot just about shows the dark trailing edge to the underwing.
Rather obscured by foreground weed both features are seen here.
Another Aqualate visit means another Kingfisher photo: but hold hard ...
A Kingfisher with no visible means of support!
From a different angle..
Not all bird: this rather unusual-looking snail.
The ‘U’ shaped mark on segment 2 identifies this as an Azure Damselfly.
Later I cycled again to the small farm pool near Newport. Again a bit windy around the pool area for the hoped-for damsel- and dragon-flies
The marking is rather clearer on the resting male.
Here is another resting on ears of wheat in the adjacent field