Saturday, 24 June 2017

A King an Emperor…

…and other assorted dignitaries. All taken at Clara Vale, Kibblesworth and the River Derwent near Winlaton Mill.

Female Kingfisher in the rain

Male in the rain

A shower in a Hawthorn (female)

Take off

Killing a fish

Ready to eat

It brightened up and it sat in one of its favourite spots (male)

Emperor Dragonfly

Red-veined Darter

Male Broad-bodied Chaser. There were at least six around the small pool but this is the only shot I got. The dog walkers arrived and guess what the dogs got into the pool and everything else disappeared.

Eye to eye. I only realised I had this shot when I got it onto the computer.

Rubbish flight shot of a Four-spotted Chaser

Emerald Damselfly

This young Grey Wagtail was begging for food

The adult brought in a Cranefly

However, the young one spat it out

So the adult tried with something else.

The adult birds were still bring in food when I left

Female Banded Demoiselle. This was the only one I saw and unfortunately, I could not get close enough to get any decent shots


  1. Too early for ruddy Darters Ron, what you've got there is a Red-veined Darter, a migrant species last recorded there in 2006. A cracking find, I'm proper jealous, reckon I'll be there tomorrow to have a look for it. Your demoiselle is a female Banded, will have to show you the best spot for photos if you let me know when you're in the area. Cheers.

  2. Cheers Alan. I thought it was too early for ruddy but I had no idea what else it could be. If I get the chance I will be down for the Banded tomorrow or Monday as I am off work.

  3. Looking at the forecast I think it might be tomorrow

    1. That's a bugger Ron as we're out tomorrow, So l had to try for the RvD today but no luck. Got some cracking pics of black tailed skimmer though. You really need to be east bank of the river for the demoiselles, difficult to explain the route, easier to show you If you can make Monday txt. me 07905 301303 failing that the banks along the meadows below the nine arches usually deliver, walk down from far pasture, first slow moving stretch, check all the clumps of emergent vegetation right along to the fast rocky shallows. Cheers