Friday 5 September 2014

Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters

Common Darters mating, Sympetrum striolatum
I visited Arundel WWT yesterday and today and saw Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters, a Water Vole and a female Common Blue egg-laying.
Bewick's Swan, Cygnus columbianus
Dunnock, Prunella modularis
Himalayan Balsam, Impatiens glandulifera
male Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
in bedraggled plumage
female Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta
Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus
Nuthatch, Sitta europaea
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Trumpeter Swan and cygnet, Cygnus buccinator
Water Vole, Arvicola amphibius

Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus
female Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus

male Common Darter, Sympetrum striolatum

Common Darter take-off
The pattern on the thorax and abdomen indicates the dragonfly is taking off sideways. The wing direction also supports this. 
Interesting info about dragonflies:
Garden Spider, Araneus diadematus
The mating Common Darters flew off when this spider approached them.

Great Tit, Parus major
Green-veined White, Pieris napi
Little Egret, Egretta garzetta
Little Egret, Egretta garzetta
two microlights flew over the reserve
Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta
Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta
Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta
Moorhen chick, Gallinula chloropus
Mute Swan, Cygnus olor
Common Carp, Cyprinus carpio
Rudd, Scardinius erythropthalmus
These fish were at the front of the Visitor Centre. 
note the change of id from roach to rudd (thanks Mark!)

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