Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Swallowtails and Hobbies: a productive morning in the Bure Valley...

Just for a change (and because we only had half the day available) Brian and I visited a couple of the Bure Valley's charming and unspoiled reserves. The first (famous for its Odonata) gave us all the expected blue damselflies, as well as hordes of Four-spotted Chasers, Norfolk Hawkers, Hairies and the first Black-tailed Skimmers of the year. Lots of raptors: Hobbies, Buzzards, Marsh Harriers and Kestrels, while at least one Bittern was booming from the reedbeds.
Best of all, though, was a mint-fresh Swallowtail, looking somehow more impressive when not perched on specially planted Sweet Williams!

We called in at Ranworth for a cup of coffee and were thrilled to see a second immaculate Swallowtail, this time on Yellow Flag Iris. Also worth watching were the Common Terns, which were very adept at catching quite sizable Roach!

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