8 April 2012

Green Lizard at Widdop

I love Widdop Reservoir for its wild, bleak nature and like many places here in the South Pennines there's
a sense of austerity where wildlife sightings seem hard won in a sparse environment. So it was great to find this common lizard sunning itself in bilberry on the rocky outcrops above the reservoir last week.

During the same walk we saw a lovely male Ring Ouzel zipping along the shore, the first time I've ever seen one of these rare visitors - a mountain blackbird with a distinctive white crescent on its breast. No chance to photograph it unfortunately.

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