With a small window of sunshine last Sunday afternoon, I made an hours visit to Nethergong to see what was still flying. There are not many weeks left of the season now and numbers seem to be slowly dropping but despite this, it was pleasing to find 12 Common Darter, 12 Migrant Hawker and 11 Willow Emerald Damselfly. There were a few areas where the wind was blowing a bit which I didn't search which may have yielded a few more but I hope to get another chance before the month ends if the weather allows. I'm hopeful if the conditions are better to find a few more Willow Emerald Damselfly as last year, I saw an individual in the second week of November but it very much depends of the weather. I spent some time looking for a few photo opportunities and after a bit of searching, was rewarded with a Migrant Hawker and Willow Emerald Damselfly in a nice autumnal setting. Fingers crossed this is not my last sighting this year and with next week off work, it would be nice to be able to enjoy one last session with my beloved Willow Emerald Damselflies.
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Saturday, 3 October 2020
With the last few days and this weekend seemingly dominated by heavy rain and last weekend, gale force winds, I have not managed to get out at all to Nethergong to check on the numbers of dragonflies and damselflies still on the wing. Working all week only means I have the weekends to get out now and with the weather deteriorating, there may not be too many other weekends to get out before the season draws to a close. I will just have to hope that the next few weekends delivers some sunny mild weather to allow me to visit to see if the Willow Emerald Damselflies, Migrant Hawkers and Common Darters are still to be seen. With autumn now well and truly here, I always try to spend some time photographing the remaining species with a feel of autumn in the background. Now the leaves are falling and turning colour, they make for some interesting shots and with this in mind, I spent a few hours a couple of weeks ago in the morning sunshine looking for resting Willow Emerald Damselflies to photograph. After a while looking in some sheltered sunny areas, I soon found a few individuals and settled down to capture a few pleasing images. At this time of year, the sides of the thorax on the Willow Emerald Damselfly take on a lovely golden colour which adds to their lovely emerald colour. It took me a while moving angles to get a few autumnal backgrounds but after a while, I had a few shots to work with. Weather permitting, they will go on into early November if the weather allows but I just hope I get the chance to make another few visits to see and photograph them before their time is up.
Saturday, 26 September 2020
With work seemingly dominating life during the week, it's been left to the weekends to visit Nethergong to enjoy the last month and a bit of the season. It has been a bit of a lottery with the weather but the last few weekends have thankfully delivered some quite nice sunny spells (unlike this weekend) where I have spent a few hours walking around noting good numbers of Willow Emerald Damselfly, Common Darters and Migrant Hawkers. With much of my attention normally swaying towards the Willows, I have been on the lookout for some Migrant Hawkers to photograph and although many have been out of reach, I have found the odd individual to photograph. A careful check last weekend of some sunny sheltered areas proved productive with a few low perching male Migrant Hawkers which allowed me to spend some time sitting down and taking a number of photos of this attractive Hawker. Whilst sitting still taking a few photos, I soon become aware that there were a few Willow Emerald Damselfly perched up in the sun nearby which I couldn't resist. A few campers wondered what I was doing sat down looking at a bush and I was able to show them both species up close which they enjoyed. We are in to that period now where the weather will soon deteriorate and sunny warm days will become a memory but I'm hoping that a few weekends will allow some hours in the sunshine to enjoy what is left of the season.