Took Carol to do the monthly shop early yesterday , in the hope that things would brighten up later , but that didn't happen , as towards lunchtime those clouds were thicker and producing odd spots of rain . Even so , a glimmer of brightness after lunch had me itching to get out , so off I set for the Greensand Ridge , in anything but reptile conditions . No sign of the pair that I had seen mating a couple of days ago , in fact very little indeed . I searched other areas that had held animals recently , but they too didn't produce . I must admit at one point I thought to myself , what am I doing here in just a tee shirt and a gillet in a cool breeze . Eventually the clouds did break up a bit , but it didn't affect sightings .
That was until I spotted this silverback male , in a very alert pose , his tongue constantly flicking in
the other two . The male still with the female seemed to resent a 'voyeur' and he too baled out of the
I emailed a couple of fellow enthusiasts last night about the 'Dance' , and was quite expecting to see 1 or 2 on site when I went back this morning , in better weather than yesterday . No sign of anyone when I arrived and no sign of the 'couple' . It was only going to be a quick look and back home , when David , one of those I emailed turned up . We had another look around , and David spotted a silverback some 7/8 metres from the combat area . It moved off soon after sighting , but we managed to track it back to where the female was yesterday afternoon . The I spotted the female , tucked well down in some gorse . The animal that David found , which was probably the white animal from the combat , scoured the area until he found the female and made his way to her , only to find that she was already coupled to the off-white animal , and he was staying where he was , no more combat .
The white animal made several visits to the pair , but seemed eventually to realise that he was the
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