Mute swan

The Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus)

moorhen on a capstan, the welshpool wharf

Dusky Moorhen, Gallinula tenebrosa

juvenile moorhen

female moorhen she had nowhere to hide so she dived underwater did not see where she came up.

Tufted drake not syre what brred but has the colours of Mallard most ducks come from the mallard strain,but this one is almost twice the size of a normal mallard


female mute swan

0ne of the pair of young sygnets

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Wild life along the Montgomery canal

Damselflies.

DAMSELFLY CALOPTERYX SPLENDENS,

DAMSELFLY CALOPTERYX VIRGO, FEMALE.

HEAD OF THE DAMSELFLY CALOPTERYX VIRGO ,

MALE DAMSELFLY CALOPTERYX VIRGO,

COENAGRION PUELLA, AZURE DAMSELFLY MALE

ISCHNURA LEGANS, MALE BLUE TAILED DAMSELFLY,FEMALE HAS GREEN ABDONIMAL SEGMENT.

FEMALE ENALLAGMA CYATHIGERUM,

all these damsels were on the canal near Aberbechan, nice to see the montgomery canal trust taking an interest in looking after the old canal,all the ab0ve damsels were sighted on my walk the 28th June 2011.   todays walk  the first days  walk since my opperation  last week ,23 July 2011  took me from the Dolfor Lock to the 145 Brynderwyn Wharf Bridge .

CALOPTERYX SPLENDENS, MALE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banded_Demoiselle

DAMSELFLY SPECIES NOT KNOWN

CATTERPILLAR OF THE CINNABAR MOTH, THIS ONE WAS ON ONE OF THE CANAL TOW PATH GATES AT( 152 Aberbechan Road Bridge)

Lymnaea stagnalis, better known as the great pond snail, is a species of large air-breathing freshwater snail, THIS ONE AND THE REST I SAW TODAY WEREQUITE SMALL.

THIS ONE I STOOD ON IN THE GRASS OUT OF THE WATER.

POND SKATER ,GERRIS LACUSTRIS.

some resting on the  invasive yellow water-lily,  nuphar lutea  leaf.

THE POND SKATERS IN SHADED AREAS BASKING IN THE SUNSHINE COMING THROUGH THE CANOPY OF THE TREES,

 GYRINUS NATATOR,The whirligig beetles are a family (Gyrinidae) of water beetles that normally live on the surface of the water. They get their common name from their habit of swimming rapidly in circles when alarmed, and are also notable for their divided eyes which can see both above and below water.


mute swan family preening on the bank of the canal.

the family had followed me along the canal as far as Aberbechan road bridge almost 3/4 of a mile, aparently the older swans had been in this area for a few years..at the end of todays walk 146 Brynderwyn Lock Bridge. there was another family of four

this male mute swan was very protective of its family, did not like me getting too close,