Swanick Lakes.

A mornings Dragonfly hunt. Attempts to record some in flight creatures!

Emperor Dragonfly
Common Darter mating.
Emperor Dragonfly
Emperor Dragonfly

Easier when they have landed.

egg laying Emperor.
Male Black-tailed Skimmer.
Four Spotted Chaser
Four Spotted Chaser
Four Spotted Chaser

A Mallard was relaxing in the shade on other days I have watched the ducks catching dragonflies for a tasty meal.

Muntjac +

Ditch camera collected again this morning with another week a nice surprise capturing a first female Muntjac deer. (1st male recorded in May). A small deer about the size of a larger fox, they were introduced into the UK at Woburn Park in Bedfordshire at the start of the 20th century. They soon spread and are common in some areas of the South.

Length: 77-91cm
Shoulder height: 45-52cm
Weight: 10-17kg
Average lifespan: 10-13 years

The rabbit gives a size comparison with the Muntjac deer .

Roebuck. As we approach the Roe deer rut the bucks are looking their best!

Song Thrush fledgling.

Yellow horned-poppy.

The Yellow horned-poppy is a coastal plant that grows on shingle beaches, cliffs and sand dunes first flowers spotted today at a corner of Meon Shore beach. This plant is named due to their long, curving seed pods that look like horns.

 

Around Exmoor for a few days.

Another small trip using the campervan for the past 3 days. Lots of sunshine and fresh air.

We made an early start on Tuesday by time it was time to stop for breakfast we were on the hill looking towards the village of Shaftesbury. Very warm and the fields are looking ready for the harvest.

We arrived at our campsite in Minehead early afternoon after a drive across country using back roads.

Some beach views.

Minehead has two ends the holiday camp end and the old harbour end. The old end is where we headed for!

The footpath from Minehead leads from the old town for some 630 miles to lands end and back along the south coast all the way to Poole in Dorset. A small park past the harbour is the start of the path. Link gives details.

https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walk-coast-path/south-west-coast-path-national-trail/

A perfect storm waters flowing up on Exmoor.

A view of LYNMOUTH.

Anyone who has been watching the news of the floods in Europe and China may not be aware that on Friday 15th August 1952 – 28 people died in Lynmouth plus another 6 in the wider area in what has been said as the worst river flood in English history. The west Lyn river rose 60 feet above its normal level when rainfall flooded into the many tributaries of the East and West Lyn rivers.This caused, many tons of water, earth, boulders and vegetation descended through the narrow valleys of Exmoor from 500 metres up on the moor to meet at sea level in village Lynmouth on its way, many bridges blocked the flow until they collapsed and subsequently a wall of water and rubble hit Lynmouth in the late evening.

Swallow
distant deer.

This chap nearly became a cropper in front of us as he came around the bend as we crossed Exmoor.

A home on the roam.

Hermit crabs live inside empty sea snail shells, As they grow, hermit crabs move into ever larger shells. I guess when we are out and about we are a bit like the Hermit crab!

I spotted this one at low tide on Meon Shore near Southampton.