Record temperatures around the country this week and my first sun loving Broad Bodied Chaser dragonfly (above) photographed at Lomeshaye Marsh in almost the same spot as one from last year. It would be good to see a male for comparison before the season’s finished. Also seen at the marsh were damselflies, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral butterflies, bees, wasps and many more insects, too many to name even if I could!
This mornings walk was a fairly quiet affair to start with, a Song Thrush briefly perched on a fence, the field behind giving a nice neutral backdrop.
Along the path a I spotted a vole (Field or Bank?) which had found something tasty, this was the closest I could get before it realised I was creeping up and then vanished into the drystone wall.
The highlight of this morning was a Short Eared Owl over the moor, distant at first but eventually came just a little closer.
Rewind further back to last weekend and a Snipe was posted by the roadside, probably keeping a watchful eye over its young ones in the field. The evening light was nice but not quite coming from the right direction for a decent photograph.
Earlier that day Curlews were about and in good numbers.
For me it doesn’t come much better than an encounter with a Barn Owl, I just wish it would come by in good light!
That same evening, something I’ve seen a few times but not photographed – A Sun dog, Wikipedia describe one as an “atmospheric phenonmenon”. For the following photograph I turned down the lights a little to make it slightly more vivid as when it’s exposed correctly (ish) it doesn’t show the same as with the naked eye.
And finally, I wasn’t the only one enjoying the Sun dog 🙂