Monday, August 06, 2007
Bridgewater Canal, Sale, Cheshire
An away weekend visiting family over west in Sale, Cheshire ( very nearly Greater Manchester depending on where your allegiance lies!) The weather was very warm and humid on Saturday when we arrived and much nicer and brighter on Sunday.
Being in a largely urban landscape the best place to wander Bunty was along the canal towpath only a short distance from my brothers where we were staying. It was nice to find so many wildlife jewels in this built up area and I even managed a lifer as well as several very scarce species up here.
We had 6+ Holly Blue Butterflies around the garden, though none landed at all hence the missing pics, several Speckled Woods, Gatekeepers, Comma's and Red Admirals. Dragons were noteworthy by the aforementioned lifer - 2 Brown Hawkers, one over the canal the other in the garden and a cracking male Banded Demoiselle one of my favourite creatures.
It just shows that no matter where you are, seek and you will find...
Above - Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Comma and Banded Demoiselle. Click for bigger image ( especially the Demoiselle, there's nothing as bright as them, positively tropical!)