A few shots of the odonata bonanza. First up Red-Veined Darter again.
This last pair are Small Red-eyed Damselfly. You can see the 'complete antehumeral stripe' on the female!
|the first photo I looked at .... the red in the wings, and the pale pterostigma are really noticeable.|
|blue colour of the lower eyes here|
|we wondered about this as it had very little red in the wings, but pale pterostigma and blue lower eyes seal the id of this one too.|
|Six-Spotted Burnet moth|
|White Admiral. The best I could do was from this side.|
After a visit to the Eel's Foot at Eastbridge for an excellent meal, we went to our last venue, Westleton Heath for much hoped-for Nightjar, my previous experience being of just one brief view many years ago. We waited for a while, and at 8:50pm churring commenced, and then a repeated frog-like call. Mike, with more experience than I, called this as the flight call, and after a frantic scan we managed to locate one flying round the area and into a group of trees - result! But then more calls, and the bird came back, flew just a few yards from us, and settled on a branch about 30 yards away where it started to churr! We got the scope on it and even though it was now 9:30ish, still got excellent scope-filling views of the bird churring. It didn't seem possible to fit those elegant long wings and tail so evident in flight into the compact log-like apparition sitting on the branch. What a fantastic sight, and I now realise why so many birders are fanatical about Nightjars!
There was lots of other wild-life around too. We saw 10 Red Deer - mainly young but some large hinds, move slowly through, a Hobby flew over, a Dartford Warbler sang unseen, and we could hear the weird calls of Stone Curlews in the distance, and then David called one flying over. As a magical hour drew to a close we walked back down to set off on the two hour journey back to Stortford.
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