Sunday, 24 August 2014

WINDMILL FARM.

On Friday we decided to go to the area around Goonhilly, what a disappointment. 
The 2 pools on the moor just past Goonhilly NR, which are normally swarming with 
Dragonflies had been dredged and drained.
Was it really necessary, surely it could have waited until the winter. 
We moved on to Windmill Farm and although the big pool was drying up we did see
 lots of wildlife. What a great place.

ADDER


COMMON DARTER


MIGRANT HAWKER


COMMON DARTER, old fem.

COMMON DARTER.

COMMON LIZARD
We were taking a shot of the female Common Darter when we noticed 
this Common Lizard sitting below and stalking it. It got away.


SEDGE WARBLER

GOLDFINCH

WHITETHROAT, fem.

LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL

PIED WAGTAIL
These birds were taken earlier in the week, at Gothian Sands and Hell's Mouth.


17 comments:

  1. Gorgeous images of the dragonlfies, birds and the lizard.. The snakes are cool too! Great sightings.. Happy Sunday!

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  2. Wonderful set of images! I can't get over how colorful your Goldfinches are! So different from ours.

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  3. Well done on a great report. It is a shame that wildlife has to suffer from dredging and over enthusiastic mowing etc.

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  4. wat een mooie foto's zijn dit.
    groetjes Herman.

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  5. Great show! wonderful series. My favorites are photo 1, 3, 7, 0, en 11.

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  6. A superb set of images, John and Sue (I'm never quite sure which of you has taken what!). So sorry to hear that Goohilly has been spoiled for the dragons. Looks like you found and excellent substitute, however.

    Whilst I love the other images, my favourite is that of the Adders. I'd love to have been there and had some shots of them. I've not seen a wild Adder in many years - when I just missed putting my hand down on one as I was scrambling up a bank at Branscombe in Devon! I'm very fond of snakes, and am happy to handle them - except the venomous ones which I retain a healthy respect for!

    I guess you're probably suffering the same cold wet weather as we are at the moment as it seems to be UK-wide. Let's hope that it gets better before autumn sets in!

    Best regards - - - Richard

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  7. Many thanks Richard,i'm responsible for the Birds,Sue took the first six Images.
    Hope the weather improves soon.
    John.

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  8. JR and Sue.
    As you say "Why not leave the ditches until the winter". They either need telling so that next year it is better for wildlife, of they just don't gis a toss.
    Nice pictures especially the of the Lizard on the berries.

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  9. Hi John,
    What a magnificent series of photos!
    Oh dear, 2 adders together, how fantastic!
    We have quite a few on our property, but I haven't seen one this season.
    Dragonflies and birds are superb!
    I envy you Migrant hawker, that is one I should see here but again not this year; a beautiful photo!!
    If I may say so, on the 4th pic, it is also a Common darter, old female.
    And just below, it is a young male, not a female... ;-)
    Have a great day!

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  10. Wow, a stunning set of shots John, the Adder shot is superb, looks like you had a super day.

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  11. Thanks mike,Sue took the Adder shots from Windmill Farm.
    John.

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  12. Hi friend!!!.. Many thanks for your kind comment.. :-)))

    You show us a great collection of birds and other creatures.. Great work!!!.. Very good pictures.. Have a nice weekend..

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  13. A truly delightful assortment of wildlife.

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  14. Thank you very much for your comments,much appreciated.
    John and Sue.

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  15. Nice picture - been a while since I have seen and adder - plenty of other snakes- but not an adder!

    Sometimes, I do wonder about people who plan some of the management of habitats - assuming it was planned of course!

    http://jrandsue.blogspot.com.au

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