The lakes get a top up.

A wet miserable day with very few visitors today. Ibsley water had the pick of day with a female goldeneye, a first winter yellow-legged gull, 2 dunlin, 8 house martins and 6 swallows. Unfortunately all very distant, so I only managed a few pictures of the usual commoner species. A red kite, two spotted redshank and a ruff were reported in the Tern hide log book for yesterday but no such quality today.

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Tufted duck

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Moorhen

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Coot and drake gadwall

After a few pitiful nights mothing with just 1-2 moths in the trap, this mornings catch was slightly better. The catch included:

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Satellite

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Chesnut

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Large wainscot

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Large wainscot

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Rusty dot pearl

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Black rustic

This great diving beetle was a surprise. This individual is a male, told by the shiny, smooth wing cases as oppose to deeply grooved in the female. They fly at night and are occasionally attracted to moth traps.

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The nemesis of tadpoles

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With a pen for scale.

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Kissy kissy

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