As I walk around the lakes this morning with my Mum, my attention is drawn to a very noisy frog which is sitting on a stone. “Good morning Mr. Frog,” I say, but it just ignores me. Then, suddenly, its tongue darts out and it catches a little fly, and quick as a flash it eats it – well I never, that’s disgusting, I think.

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Then, above me I hear a droning sound. Looking up, I expect to see the really old plane which Mum and Dad watch come over occasionally. However, instead I see the most ENORMOUS dragonfly. It is beautiful, it has shiny iridescent wings and a long powder blue body. I look to see if Mum had seen it. She has, it has landed on a reed, and she’s taking a picture. It is an adult male Black-tailed Skimmer, she says, and it is in its perfect habitat.

“Well, it certainly sounds happy,” I think.

Black-tailed Skimmer (adult male)

Black-tailed Skimmer (adult male)


As we walk around the lakes we noticed lots of dragonflies, like the Scarlet Darter on my last blog, however none are as big as the Black-tailed Skimmer.

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The lakes are very busy at this time of the year with butterflies and insects everywhere, and a lovely place for a walk. I wonder what we will see next time?

Bye for now – Toby TOBY PAW


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