Major, Minor and Microscopic.

A full day at ANR allowed me views of wildlife on the large end of the scale like the great white egret and grey heron down to insects, some of which were new to me and some creatures in between.

I was pleased to see three nests of the great crested grebe around the reserve and one bird having success in diving for lunch.

What is a reasonable catch for a great crested grebe is literally small fry for the great white egret.

This grey heron perched on some rather sculptural fallen timber caught my eye because of its light colouration. It is clearly a juvenile and I couldn’t resist a few shots as it struck some poses and fluffed out its feathers.

I am grateful to fellow Twitter users for identifying these insects, excluding the dragonfly which I recognised as a black tailed skimmer. Top left is a dock or shield bug. A close look at the tail of the fly (top right) see inset, it looks very much like the jointed sting of a scorpion so I was not surprised when someone identified it as a scorpion fly. The tiny moth on an ordinary lawn daisy I saw in my garden was identified as a mint moth.

Sitting down on one of the many seats on the reserve to take the weight off my feet I glanced up just in time to see Mother Mallard escorting her brood along the footpath from one pond to another quacking, “Come on children, keep up! “I bet you can’t count them without pausing the clip. šŸ™‚

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