Thursday, 28 June 2018

NBC Car trip

New fen viewpoint.    David Arden

The 24th saw BC Members descend at Lakenheath RSPB reserve.

Once the habitat for Golden Orioles, Lakenheath about an hour and a half from Northants.
Its a premier site for observing Bittern, Frequently seen flying across the fen and skulking at
the edge of the reed beds, giving good photographic opportunities.

Bitterns breed here and two or 3 youngsters could be seen from Mere hide whilst mum
was away feeding.

David Arden
Bittern youngster David Arden
Kingfisher can also be seen from Mere hide, normally at distance but can show well
in front of the visitor centre.

David Arden
For those interested in insects today was particularly good for Longhorn beetles especially
for Golden-bloomed Grey with Bob Gill finding a dozen or so individuals.

Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn. Agapanthia villosoviridescens Bob Gill
Variable and four banded longhorns were also found.

Variable Longhorn Bob Gill

A great many Dragonflies were on the wing, Broad Bodied Chaser, Four-spot Chaser etc
along with numerous Damselflies including Variable and Banded Demoiselle.
Only a single Hobby was seen hawking.

Hobby David Arden
A very warm day but still very pleasant, sadly the Bearded Tits refused to show well but I'm
sure Richard (barford) will catch up with them soon.

Bob Gill

Thanks Mark for taking us.

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