So a bonus was the sunshine which greeted me this morning, the only downside now was that the schoolteachers were on strike (typical) so I was left with two sprogs to look after. This meant I couldn't get up to Shibdon to check for Migrant Hawkers or even the damhead for leaping salmon (river levels should be v.high after all the rain) so a walk along to Far Pasture (for a change) was my best option to see if the cold and rain over the last week or so had seen off the last of the dragonflies.
Well they're a hardy bunch, with the sun out in blue skies the roadside fences were still dotted with a decent number of darters, and every now and then tandem pairs flew up out of the fields over towards the pond.
On the pond itself there were maybe half a dozen pairs and a few singles, though we didn't stay long as my sprogs are not the quietest in the presence of others in the hide.
So I just stood at the gate halfway along the road chatting to Roly as the boys scootered up and down. Best birds in the area were two kestrels, a buzzard ignoring about forty jackdaws, and a flock of 24 redwings circling a couple of times.
|A blurry kestrel on a distant fence, but look at the bright sunshine|
|Serenaded by a Robin, and look at those|
blue skies ....magic!
|Strong colours . . .|
|Strong light . . .|
|Strong shadows . . .|
|Strong contrast . . .|
|Strong composition . . .|
Other butterflies still present were a white species and what looked like a raggy meadow brown (not my strongest subject).
Back up the track another hawker, this time male and very dark so I think common, unfortunately a car came along the road as I was tracking it so had to reel in the kids and couldn't relocate it.
A canny little session though, would liked to have got along to Shibdon in view of the number of dragons still showing here, but tomorrow is forecast to be shitty :(
What might have been . . . (now for the Scooby Doo ending). . . if it wasn't for those meddling kids !