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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Black Darter

Black Darter as the name implies are  black in  mature males , females can resemble the other darters but they do have a black triangle on the Thorax, this small pond at Cramlington had a few males but no females when I was there typical darters dashing off after another male or small prey but often returning to the same perch , which these did but they where not allowing any close ups and once you spook them it takes awhile for them to relax again best to walk off and  come back for another look.
 Black Darter male the body shape is like the Ruddy Darter

 Common Darter
 Marsh Woundwort ? the only plant right in thick Gorse, Woundwort leaves have a very strong small when rubbed ,which is foul  !
Plenty of Common Darters sitting out on the Gorse the males where all landing in the grass.


Johnnykinson said...

Cracking Black Darter images Brian, especially the third one. Is the location a secret ??????????
NUDGE NUDGE, WINK WINK, say no more.

Marc Heath said...

Great Darter shots, a species I am yet to see yet. Not sure where the nearest ones are to me in east Kent.

Northumbrian Birding said...

Thanks for the comments,
John emailed,
Marc my Dudley book does not list any sites as such , but it seems you have your fair share of species :)