20 July 15 Rixton Claypits & Woolston Eyes Nature Reserves

23rd July 2015
05th July Rixton Claypits

It’s been nearly 12 months since I last visited Rixton claypits, so a visit was well overdue.

Kestrel & buzzard were apparent while I was walking around and plenty of small birds but I’d gone mainly to find dragonfly, butterfly and basically anything else that caught my attention i.e. no 500mm lens.

I managed to find the last of the northern marsh orchid that were still in flower.


Northern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza purpurella)


Northern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza purpurella)

There were quite a few butterflies on the wing but I only managed to snap a Meadow Brown.


Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)

Six Spot Burnett moths were abundant.


Six-Spot Burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae)

I’d waited about eight years to see Banded Demoiselle never mind photograph one and then I’ve managed to photograph two in the last month or so. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a clear view of it but what the heck.


Banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)

I also saw plenty of Dragonflies and photographed Four-spotted Chaser and Emperor dragonfly, the Emperor being a first .


Four-spotted Chaser (Libellula quadrimaculata)


Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)


Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

I also spotted a slight movement in of the pools while I was shooting dragonflies which turned out to be a Newt larvae. Something I haven’t seen since I was a lad in short pants, fifty plus years ago.


Newt Larvae

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Birds were in short supply and certainly not a lot of action going on, however there was a little ringed plover on the scrape in front of the John Morgan Hide.


Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

A pair of great crested grebes and a couple of chicks turned up and other than that it was back to the insects.


Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)


Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)


Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)


Ladybird larvae


Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)


Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans)

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A day with not many birds about although the Little Ringed Plover was on the furthest scrape.


Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

So another day for insects.


Comma (Polygonia c-album)


Leaf Beetle (Oulema obscura)


Hoverfly (Epistrophe grossulariae)


Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) in flight


Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) in flight


Hoverfly (Xylota segnis)


Common Cherry Oak Gall

Thanks for reading.

Andy

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