Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Painted Lady

Another early look up the coast on a mucho scorchio day. Lynemouth flash held just 1 Common Sandpiper and 4 Dunlin. At Cresswell numbers were also down, but there were 5 Little Egret, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 1 Ruff, 2 Common Sandpiper, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Avocet, 8 Snipe and 20 Dunlin. Druridge was much quieter than yesterday, but there were Dark-green Fritillary, Peacock and Red Admiral behind the dunes.

With things looking quiet I headed towards Derwent Reservoir for another go at Golden-ringed Dragonfly. I hit lucky immediately at Winnows Hill where one was buzzing around the pond, battling with 2 Common Hawker and eventually settling for photos. Also here were Emerald, Azure, Common Blue and Large Red Damselfly.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly
A Tufted Duck tended her brood on the pond while Siskin buzzed about the tree tops.

Tufted Duck
At Derwent Reservoir, near the hide a very washed-out and raggy Painted Lady was feeding on thistles.

Painted Lady

Over at Cronkley a Golden-ringed Dragonfly perched up by the road and 2 Little Ringed Plover were by the reservoir.

Golden-ringed Dragonfly having a poo break.


  1. Don't know if you noticed Rob but you got both a male and female Golden-ringed there (lucky so-and-so) The female (last shot) isn't having a poo but that's her ovipositor, longest one of our dragonflies and often mistaken for a sting.

    1. Cheers Alan. I've got a lot to learn.