Spotted flycatchers, mistle thrushes, damselflies and butterflies

Blue-tailed damselfly, 2 August 2014

On 2 August 2014, to Gooilust nature reserve. Home, to, eg, this blue-tailed damselfly.

In a ditch marking the border of Gooilust, a grey heron spreading its wings because of the heat. Minutes later, it cleaned its feathers.

Nuthatch sound. A great tit.

A bit further, an Egyptian goose flies, calling.

At the ‘dragonfly pond’, an emperor dragonfly flies around.

Blue-tailed damselflies, 2 August 2014

Many blue-tailed damselflies; like this couple in love.

Far above them, swifts flying. Soon, they will be on autumn migration to Africa.

Near the Gooilust mansion: two spotted flycatchers on a fence. Every now and then, they take off to catch insects. One of them sits down on a leafless branch; the usual resting spot for flycatchers, before humans made fences.

We arrive at the Gooilust garden. A buzzard flies past.

A recently fledged young mistle thrush is fed by a parent. Mistle thrushes in drenthe: here.

A bit further, a blackbird and a song thrush cross the footpath.

Willow emerald damselfly, 2 August 2014

Willow emerald damselflies on the plants along a pond.

Willow emerald damselfly on plant, 2 August 2014

Red admiral, 2 August 2014

On a flower, a red admiral butterfly.

Small tortoiseshell and peacock, 2 August 2014

A bit further, a small tortoiseshell and a peacock butterfly on the same butterfly-bush flower; with a red admiral in the background.

Peacock butterfly, 2 August 2014

Brimstone butterfly, 2 August 2014

Other butterflies: whitish with a bit of greenish: brimstone butterflies.

This is a brimstone butterfly video.

Edible frog sound.

The weather changes fast: from hot and sunny to thunderstorm. We go back. First, we hear the thunder and see the lightning. Then, rain starts. A little rain. Then, very much more rain.

A song thrush on the forest floor.

As thunder, lighting and rain continued, a buzzard took off from Corversbos field.

13 thoughts on “Spotted flycatchers, mistle thrushes, damselflies and butterflies

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  4. Zondag 26 oktober


    Herfstvakantie in Drenthe en toen het even ophield met regenen maakten
    we een wandeling in het Orvelteveld. Een prachtig natuurgebiedje van
    het Drents landschap. Zingende vogels vallen in het najaar uiteraard
    veel meer op in het voorjaar, als iedereen door elkaar heen zingt. Maar
    hier hoorden we, terwijl de zon even doorbrak, een helder turu=lu-lu.
    Wat hoger dan de voorjaarszang, maar onmiskenbaar een grote lijster.
    Vermoedelijk een jonge vogel die net ontdekt heeft dat hij kan zingen
    en even aan het oefenen is. Merels hoor ik al wekenlang fluisteren in
    het struikgewas in onze tuin maar een zingende grote lijster in het
    najaar is nieuw voor mij. Zo heeft ooit ook een zwartkop in december
    mij met een helder liedje verrast, je weet het dus maar nooit met die


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