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15th June 2022 – Stoke Park Estate, Bristol

It’s been 5 months, 3 weeks and 3 days since I have been able to visit my local patch and so today was a red letter day for me. I didn’t go very far (only to Duchess Pond) and it was more of a struggle than I thought it would be (probably hot weather and heavy camera) but, even though the photographic results weren’t spectacular, it marked a special moment for me.

Lots of ducklings and goslings but the main ornithological interest was four swifts and 2 swallows which came down to the lake for a drink on a couple of occasions.

Swift

Swift

Swallow emerging from the water

There were lots of dragonflies and damselflies but, probably for lack of practice, I had limited success in photographing them and even more difficulty in identifying them (I must find that dragonfly and damselfly guide). I am sure some Odonata enthusiast might help me out. (In fact Larry has already come up trumps.)

Emperor dragonfly

Black tailed skimmer

Common blue damselfly

Scarce chaser dragonfly

Emperor dragonfly

Four spotted chaser dragonfly

Common blue damselfly

Large skipper butterfly

Despite the noise of the motorway this is still a great place to see nature. I hope to be able to explore a little more over the next few weeks.

Even the grey heron found it hot.

Slideshow of today’s photos