Radipole Lake RSPB Reserve
Monday August 11th 2014
Following on from my video of the hornet hoverfly in my last blog today I filmed two more insects that have become a lot more common in the last 50 years or so.
First was this gorgeous migrant hawker dragonfly.
This one is a female - the males are even more colourful!
Nearby was a strikingly zebra-striped moth with bright orange underwings visible in flight.
This Jersey Tiger moth is a very recent colonist of the English southern counties from the Channel Islands.
Reaching the North Hide I filmed yet another species that is doing very well in Dorset - a juvenile marsh harrier recently fledged from a nest in the Radipole reed-beds.
Later in the afternoon three green sandpipers turned up in front of the hide.
I managed to film one of them.