Tried birdwatching at New Passage but driven back by the rain. Only achieved one photo – a greenfinch (only 1.7 million breeding pairs in UK!)
There was plenty of drama though later in Eastville Park with Black-headed Gull trying to snatch Moorhen chick – the chick survived. The resident Grey Heron watched all the action placidly. Plenty of butterflies and damselflies too.
A week’s holiday in Bergerac in the Dordogne Valley in France gave little opportunity for nature photos, especially as I was restricted to a “tourist” camera and lenses. However; I wasn’t going to waste any opportunities and captured the Black Redstart in the garden, Pied Wagtails on the river and a few butterflies,damselflies and dragonflies.
Also saw Hoopoes, a Golden Oriole and Crag Martins on the Dordogne.
Giant hogwood, nettles in flower, wild raspberries in fruit, blackberries forming, Indian Balsam and lots of other interesting flora. Damselflies (Beautiful Demoiselle mainly).
Two sightings of Kingfisher. More ducklings on the lake and lots of interesting colours of the Mallards moulting. Thanks to Nigel for pointing out the hook feather on the drake. Grey Heron as spectacular as ever.
I used to be very bored when I went to Slimbridge as a kid. How views can change! I still have some reservation about the birds in captivity but do recognise how important all of this is.
Highlights were the Avocets, Ruff and Redshank in their own pen (safe from the Black-headed Gulls – I’m sure they have enough else to feed on), the otters and a glimpse of a Buzzard from the Kingfisher hide.