Highlights from Castle Water today included Bittern, 3 Raven, Garganey with a brood of ducklings, 2 Marsh Harrier, 3 Cuckoo and a Hobby. The small pools that have featured in previous posts are continuing to provide emerging dragonflies, today a further 14 Emperor and 12 Black-tailed Skimmer exuviae were found, amazingly that brings the total of Emperor from one small pool to 76. Common Darter are also now on the wing.
Black-tailed Skimmer at stage 1 of emergence.(completely out of the water but cuticle has yet to split)