In Dusk We Trust - Some Owling in Co.Durham, North East England, Great Britain
Leo food-pass image copyright Michael Brady, Newcastle.


Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Hobbies / Castle Lake DBC nature reserve


In Durham terms a remarkable afternoon for Hobbies
1 - 3 birds on view pretty much constantly from noon till 4pm

mostly in area to the South East of Castle Lake
one raptor enthusiast had 3 birds together from the comfort of the DBC hide ! - another of our dreams seemingly slowly becomming a reality !



Close views of birds coming in low repeatedly taking insects at Allans Pool

I watched one catch a large blue dragonfly, before it swing round eating its catch right in front of me.

Close by at Fishburn Lake,  the excitement continued when a sub adult bird performed its aerobatics around the pool for an hour.

both these pool had very large nos of damselflys in todays warm conditions.


After a good crop of sightings over the years, especially so this year, will hopefully lead to this location being one where local birders can watch these superb flyers on a regular basis.
( There was another which was likely to have been a Hobby, at long range over the ridge at Garmondsway NZ3433 )



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Simply stunning birds.

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Fox den


Dab & chick


Wader Bay - DBC Castle Lake reserve
roll on Spotted Crake . . .

Bfly


Or kids


Hobby food
(pleased with this one phone-scoped)


Sythe slicing up the sky

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