A Walk Along the River

After a walk around Hallcliffe Community Garden I went down to Denso Marston Nature Reserve. I had heard that a Mink had been seen there earlier so that helped me decide where to go with my camera. I didn’t see the Mink but did enjoy my walk along the river.

I was looking out for several things some of which I managed to find.


This fish did take me by surprise though. It is not a clear photo but it is a big gold carp. The little streaks you can see around it are fish. From that you can perhaps get an idea of how BIG it is.

Banded Demoiselle (Male)

One of the early things I noticed were a few male Banded Demoiselle. They are quite dark and relatively easy to spot but not easy to photograph. They soon fly off.

Banded Demoiselle (Female)

Sometime later in my walk I also spotted a female Banded Demoiselle that obligingly let me get close enough.

Azure Damselfly

Lots of Azure Damselfly were around too. I am hoping I have identified this correctly. It has a small horizontal black bar which means it is not the Blue Damselfly. But I am no expert.


There were also quite a few Harlequin around. Most moved round under leaves as I approached with my camera but this one was too busy eating a Greenfly on stinging nettles to be bothered to wander off.

Quite a few butterfly were around but they didn’t stay still long enough to photograph. I spent a while trying to get a Brimstone but no luck.

Speckled Wood

I did manage to get this Speckled Wood spreading its wings in the sunshine.


And then tucked in amongst the grass was this Mayfly. The place is teeming with life and can be quite noisy.


Tucked under a little shelter were these Toads. I think I prefer Frogs.


Plenty of bees were around as were Hoverfly, Wasps and many other insects.


I didn’t get to photograph many birds. This Wren was one of them I did catch but Robin, Blue tit, Great tit, Coal tit, Blackbird, Chiff chaff, Woodpigeon, Jay, Magpie, Bullfinch and others were around. But something that made it well worth the visit was….

Woodpecker Chick

a Greater Spotted Woodpecker chick. I could hear several Woodpecker around so I kept my ears open for the “Chip, Chip” of the young and managed to find a little hole with a head peeking out.

Woodpecker Chick

I did hang around for a while because I could hear the adults but they didn’t approach the nest. I could see and hear them around the tree but after a while it became apparent that they were not going to come in to feed the chick so I had to leave them.

Roe Deer

And then spotted this Roe Deer.

Roe Deer

Roe Deer

It didn’t seem too concerned that I had spotted it. It wandered along the other side of the river happily licking its nose.


And then one of the last things I spotted was a female Goosander looking rather cross that I had disturbed it. Quite often all you see of Goosander is the back end of them as they fly away.

If I have got the ID of any of these things wrong please let me know,

As usual you can click on any of the images to see them on Flickr.

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