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Summer at last, so it was time for a trip to Rye Meads RSPB with my friends Erik and Martin, on a beautiful sunny day.
Top birds were quick glimpses of a female Marsh Harrier and a Hobby. This Grey Heron was watching . . .

fishing . . .



and catching a fish!


Rye Meads is a great place to see Kingfishers, this one turned up after just a few minutes:


This little Grebe was swimming in a sea of Duckweed:


Little Grebe

Some of the more striking insects - this Scorpion Fly does not sting, but uses its tail to attract females:

Scorpion Fly Panorpa communis

Red Cardinal Beetles are always spectacular:

Cardinal Beetle  Pyrochroa serraticornis

Martin spotted these tiny jewel-like Woundwort Shieldbugs:

Woundwort Shieldbug

The Dock Bug belongs to the same family as the shieldbugs, and is a common sight:

Dock Bug Coreus marginatus

Damselflies were on the wing:

Azure Damselfly

Common Blue Damselfly

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Once again, lots of Hoverflies with Latin names:
Helophilus pendulus

This pair choose a strange place to be naughty:

Finally some of the latest flowers, starting with the tiny and delicate Common Vetch:

Common Vetch

Wild Turnip

White Campion

Ragged Robin

This huge fungus, growing in a tree stump and about 15"  across, is a 'Dryads Saddle'. Young ones are edible, and are supposed to have a 'pungent lemon cucumber aroma and delicate woodsy flavor'. CLICK HERE for more information.

Dryads Saddle  Polyporus squamosus

Once again, my thanks to the members of the Wild About Britain Forum for their help with identification.
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