Tuesday, 29 September 2015

This one's for you Alan.

Migrant Hawker
Captured this beauty along the path heading out to the stile at Druridge Pools one day last week. It's a favourite place of mine for autumn Common Darters although it has been a little disappointing this year, as has another site at East Chevington and the whole year generally. I've only taken my macro lens out with me on a handful of occasions and can only remember the one time i used it in earnest.
Out with THE HOWDON BLOGGER for the first time since before xmas last Saturday and it was great to spend time in his company again after all this time. Circumstances had put paid to much of his birding at weekends this year but he retired a few weeks back so watch out for him blogging again. I hooked up with him again on Sunday morning to join him on the "Big Waters Old Codgers Walk" where it was quite quiet on the birding front but nice numbers of Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers were seen.
Went for a couple of hours to a secret location to do a bit of Dragoning in the early afternoon sunshine.
Rewarded with Common, Black & Ruddy Darters. Migrant & Southern Hawkers. A few Emerald Damselflies were scattered about also. Didn't have the macro in my bag so had to settle for using my 300mm which was frustrating.


  1. Good to hear that the Howdon Blogger is out and about

  2. Finally got my own Migrant hawkers today John, good to see so many dragons about in the autumn, better than summer this year.

  3. Cheers Dick.
    He's out n about again George.....we were at Shibdon yesterday. Water levels lowest i've ever seen !
    I saw that Alan. Been out a couple of times in the last 7 days looking for dragons but also enjoying them while birding. Weather has been lush !!!