|Just 3 weeks ago this area was lush with wild rhubarb standing well over|
a metre high, now just a few hardy stragglers remain
A great little highlight though as I stood surveying the changes when a kingfisher flashed in low from around the bend in the river and perched atop a small stump no more than five feet in front of mc. I couldn't believe it and stayed perfectly still, before the riperian beauty tilted her head in my direction, fixed me with a brief stare and was away again in a literal flash. Marvellous view though brief as it was.
Not much activity here as by now the day was overcast, the only damsels showing were those I flushed from the long grass as I walked bythe stream, mainly blue-tailed, a few common blue and a fine male demoiselle, which I traced across the stream but lost in the encroaching reeds far-side.
|A male blue-tail, the only half decent shot I was able to take|
Not much else to report from several stops along the river, other highlight was this creature which I think is a leech of some sort, found crawling across my path by the overgrown flower meadow pond at Swalwell.
|A very large leech stretching to about 4 inches|
All in all an interesting little excursion.