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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

A pleasant afternoon outdoors

Yesterday afternoon's summer holiday stroll through this green and pleasant land was very therapeutic. Not too many fisherman just the background hum of neighbouring farmers bringing in the hay with a fleet of assorted Massey Ferguson. There's now a substantial draw down zone at Llandegfedd Reservoir just in time for some passage waders- here's hoping.

Apart from good numbers of willowchaffs there didn't seem to be too much passing through. The Canada goose with the shiny metal ring was still around and masses of great crested grebe could be picked out all over the reservoir. Five tufted duck in Green Pool got me excited just very briefly. The best on offer however was a little egret. Note: Sigma 500mm lens just doesn't perform well fully extended and hand held. Oh yes a kingfisher as well.

A female migrant hawker (Aeshna mixta) was a nice find and the Roesel's bush cricket continue to be in fine voice. A silver washed fritillary was again evident near to the inlet hide.

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