Monday, 10 September 2012

North York Moors - Goathland

A few days in Whitby presented the opportunity to check out moorland dragonfly.
First location was The Tarn,  Goathland. I was fortunate enough to have a brilliant sunny day with little wind and after only fifteen minutes walk, arrived at the tarn. I was encouraged to see a couple of hawkers skimming across the the heather which was in full colour

It was so still that the clattering of dragonfly wings could clearly be heard as they flew amongst the reeds.

Common and Migrant Hawkers patrolled the waters edge and
there were dozens of male and female Black Darters, many of them coupled as well as Emerald Damselfly

Red Grouse were on show amongst the heather and a Sparrowhawk hunted over the ridge

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