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  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

    Apologies and belated thanks Fishy65 image missed your post. (tablet malfuntions and busy visiting gardens).

    Read info about the Kestral, beautiful bird, dont think they come this far north (Herefordshire) but we do get Sparrow Hawks regularly, some even eating their prey in the garden!

    Had a large blue dragon fly in the garden after the rain, one of those muggy days. It zoomed about but didn't stay.

    Enjoy just sitting to see what comes into the garden image what a good life...

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    No apologies needed BizzieB image Yes Sparrowhawks will often venture into gardens,they prey almost exclusively on other birds.

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     I thought I'd add the one that appeared in my conservatory a month ago - scared the OH no end, but our toddler was pointing at it and trying to hold it!

    Beautiful to watch, couldn't believe we could actually see it breathing (due the body inhaling/exhaling). Wish we could have kept it in the conservatory to let it eat all the flys/wasps that keep getting caught in there!



  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

      imagethat is amazing wolfsbane2k, to see one so close up and still. 

    The wings are incredible aren't they, two pairs which work independently so that they can hover. I read somewhere that helicoptor rotors were designed on the same principle.

    The wonders of nature, thanks for sharing that: a 'made my day' moment image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,735
    Fishy65 wrote (see)

    Its amazing isn't it BizzieB. They are the flying insect equivalent to the Great White shark,the apex predator.

    However,they can in turn fall prey to the Hobby,one of the few birds of prey agile enough to catch them image

    We saw a Hobby the other evening, flying along a hedge bank near one of the Norfolk Broads - think it was after cockchafers or somesuch image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    Gorgeous aren't they Dove,shaped like a giant swift image

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Still lots of dragonflies around and this one landed for a rest before zooming off again.



  • LynLyn Posts: 21,331

    Those Sparrowhawks scare me, the noise is awful, We chase them off from the garden, there are fields and forests where they can catch birds and I cant see it.

    I cant wait for my pond to be up and running and hopefully dragonflys will set in. We have frogs because earlier in the year I had spawn and reared dozens of froglets, so hopefully they will find the big pond and not come back to the muddy puddle I dug for them.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275

    A dragonfly catching flies today by the pond. I 'think' it might be a Common Darter,didn't get a pic but its body was a uniform reddish-orange. Hopefully we might get one to lay eggs in the pond but I think this one was a male judging by the all-seeing Mr Google image

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