Late summer adders

As I have quite a bit of free time before going back to work in the coming weeks I decided to visit my local Adder (Vipera berus) site again. Some females were again showing well in a bid to develop their offspring through the weak sun rays. I saw 4 familiar females and what I now believe to be a new female at a different part of the site together with a male who was coming into slough. It’s great that every now and then, despite my regular monitoring of this site that I am able to find a new adult individual. Furthermore, at a different place I have been watching some young Sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus) learning to hunt over the past week. Their nest site is within a small woodland but they use the open moorland behind it to practise their flying and hunting. I’ve found 3 such areas with young hawks around my village recently which was very nice, each with at least 2 young hawks in the area. Only one of these allowed me to get close enough for some photos.

Male adder coming into slough (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder coming into slough (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) (C) Matt Wilson

Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson

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