Dragonflies at the Lewes Railway Land project

Although it is more or less on my doorstep, and I've driven past it countless times, today was the first time I've taken a proper look at the Railway Land project on the edge of Lewes. The area is a former railway yard that has been turned into a wildlife haven. It abuts the River Ouse and is surrounded on one side by the town. It's overlooked by high cliffs on the other side.

The 20 or so acres form a very pretty (and easy) open space, but with plenty of hidden areas and some excellent opportunities for wildlife watching. And being by a river, with some wetland inlets, it's a great place for dragonflies which is what I was concentrating on today.
Common darters – male and female 😉

Female banded demoiselle

Female migrant hawker

Male migrant hawker

As we were leaving we spotted a pair of peregrines over the cliffs (the photos aren't worth showing, but they were great to see), and then a kestrel out hunting. Too distant for any decent shots but I quite liked this one.

It's a place I will get back to over the coming months.

The closing image to night is one of Shutterbug looking unusually cute.

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens, apart from Shutterbug the fox who was photographed with the EF70-300mm 4.5-5.6 DO IS and the third and fifth dragonfly shots which were with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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  1. gdare September 1, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    A lot of mosquito predators 😎

  2. derWandersmann September 1, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    Very nice group, Words.

  3. SittingFox September 1, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    Nice closeup of the hawker :up:

  4. Words September 2, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    dW, thanks!

  5. Words September 2, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Adele, I caught it napping and could get as close as I wanted.

  6. Words September 2, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Darko, and a lot of mosquitoes around this year. :chef:

  7. serola September 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Wonderful macro shots :hat:

  8. Words September 5, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    Sami, thanks!