A hot and sunny Thursday prompted a trip to New Earswick Nature Reserve.
I haven’t managed the weekly visits I’d originally intended, but even when I’ve not been posting here I’ve ensured I visit once or twice a month.
This time round the birds were few and far between, but there were plenty of Blue-Tailed Damselflies (Ischnura elegans) that are worth celebrating.
On some, you’ll notice a violet colour to the body (the abdomen). This tells us it’s an immature specimen. This form is called violacea.
There were also a few Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) around, but they were much harder to get pictures of.
The lilypads were the scene of much of the damselfly activity, and the flowers were looking pretty spectacular.
Wandering mongst them was a rather lost and bewildered young moorhen that kept mis-stepping and sinking into the water. It can swim fine, but seemed unconvinced.
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