Friday, 22 May 2015

Maple Lodge Nature Reserve

An afternoon visit began at the Sanctuary Hide where a singing male Sedge Warbler, three singing male Reed Warbler and a singing male Reed Bunting were all observed.

From Rotunda hide a pair of Canada Goose were observed with two recently hatched young.

From the pudding stone area adjacent the plantation I photographed three species of Damselfly and an assortment of insects.     

                                                              Azure Damselfly.

                                                           Blue-tailed Damselfly.

                                                                  Variable Damselfly.

                                                                Garden Soldier Fly.

                                                               Rhyssa persuasoria.


                                                                 Pardosa lugubris.



Below the Teal Hide a pair of Little Grebe were busily nest building among the reeds while on the far bank a Grey Heron cautiously fished.

                                                                  Little Grebe.

                                                                    Grey Heron.

At Lynsters Hide six Egyptian Geese and a single Eurasian Oystercatcher fed among the pasture while at the Long Hedge a very active Hairy Dragonfly rested briefly.


1 comment:

  1. Hi Paul, I think the unidentified fly, with the orange abdomen, is a Bramble Sawfly (Arge cyanocrocea). The other one makes me think of a Cranefly but can't get further than that ;o). Lovely to see the variety at ML.