Anne Valley Walk

Anne Valley Trail is one of the overlooked treasures of Waterford county. I have written about the trail before. This is what I found on my last visit.

Rushes were swaying to and fro rustling in the wind, and I noticed a tiny ladybug feasting on something that looked like a caterpillar.

Yellow dung fly sat chilling on the young fern frond. Don’t be misled by the name – adult dung flies spend most of their time hunting small insects in vegetation.

Furled fronds of young ferns look like cute little animals.

This one looks like a furry snake 🙂

Larches sport the most beautiful shade of  green.

I check on every blackbird I see in case it is a Red billed chough. There is a couple of them living in the Anne Valley. I saw one last year, but it quickly disappeared in bushes before I grabbed my camera.

The blackbird is quietly following me as I walk.

Finally he shows himself for long enough to take a picture. Funny, curious bird.

Song Thrush young keep together.

This scared baby is a juvenile Robin. A clumsy dove landed on his tree and he moved closer to where I sit. I feel good 🙂

Warbler ignores me as if I don’t exist.

I took pictures of some simple but beautiful flowers.

This insect is trying to look like a wasp, but it has only one pair of wings and quite a wide waist which gives away its true identity : it is a Syrphid fly.

A group of swans, some of them last year’s cygnets, are floating near the island in the middle of the pond where they will spend the night.

Four ducks, survivors of the family of ten, didn’t want to be photographed.

The swans are finally getting ready for the night, and I am heading home.

One more picture of Foxglove before I drive away.

Thank you for joining me for this walk.  Have a wonderful week ahead!


  1. As I am sweltering in my lounge, I can enjoy the springlike charm of your beautiful walk – and people say there isn’t any magic in the world…

    1. Thank you so much! Lovely half an hour spent with the birds and gurgling stream. Magic indeed – feeling refreshed and content 🙂

  2. You have focussed on our tinier fellow creatures in this post. Why does the blackbird follow you? What happened to the family of ducks? Perhaps I need to delve in the previous posts.

    1. Thank you so much for walking the trail! The blackbird and two Thrushes followed me for a short time. In fact, they followed the river, and when the river turned left, so did they. More food around the water.
      The ducks lost most of their siblings to the otters and water rats last year.

  3. That Larch looked like a furry, grass dragon! Brilliant photographs once more.

  4. I’ve been posting photo’s of Brian the Sparrow (a local Robin Hood type sparrow who steals food from cafe tables in the harbour) recently. Your photographs are much better than mine.

    1. Thank you so much! I look forward to visiting all the blogs I have missed 😦 I am sure your photographs are as brilliant as everything you do.

  5. A very charming walking with you here. I love those small critters you have here. They are cute and fascinating (the Syrphid fly).

    1. Thank you Derrick! There are many different flower flies in the family. I wish I knew the names. These are my favorites because they look as innocent as they really are 🙂

  6. Just wanted to go for a little walk, and now I feel I´ve already done! 😀 Thank you so much for sharing this lovely place on earth with us, the sense of tranquility and peace your post brought me will hopefully last for the whole day! Much love! xxxxxxxxx

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