The skies are alive with aerial predators of all sizes ranging from the delicate damseflies through the dashing darters, up to the powerful hawkers and then to the lithe whizzing Hobbies that descend to eat all of them!
Now is definitely Hawker Time with gangs of Migrant Hawkers in particular patrolling every ditch and field margin, hedge egde and even sheltered canopy. In gloomy weather they can even be found hanging up in the foliage in groups!
..and there are still a few Southern and Brown Hawkers around too so keep your eyes open and Julie P found a Blue Eyed Hawker at EWT Thurrock Thameside Nature park on Thursday so eyes peeled!
Migrant - Jerry Hoare
Southern - Basil Thornton
Migrant - Val Callen
Migrant - Mark Vale
Migrants hanging! - Tom Bell
Hobbies in action - Tom Bell
An urban Hobby cruising - Tony Orwell
Earlier in the week the Tall Ships headed up river for a few days before setting out on the Round the World Race.
One or two have already snuck out but apparently the bulk of the vessels will be leaving the City late morning on sunday 1st September and should be at the reserve by early afternoon! If you know any better or have any more info please can you post a comment on here for others to read please!
Our stretch of the River Thames wall offers excellent views at various angles so come on down, bring a chair and get yourself a coffee and slab of cake and watch the show!
... and here's one that already snuck out! (Tony Orwell)
Since the last post about Brown's Bug Hotel it has temporaily come under new (and if truth be known, less than approriate) management and is currently known as Bugga Hall....
The new landlords have subsequently installed a roof garden and expensive swimming pool with multi-level diving platforms.
Unfortunately the current tennants are a little rowdy and need some lessons in decorum...as well as diving ability....
A closer look revealed.....