I made an after work visit to Nethergong tonight, arriving at 16:30pm where I spent an hour walking alongside the stream checking for dragonflies and damselflies in very hot conditions. I didn't manage to find any Willow Emerald Damselfly but it was pleasing to see c25 Emerald Damselfly (only 3 seen at the weekend). Most seemed to be newly emerged and although a little late this year, it seems that they may well have a successful season if there numbers continue to grow. I would hope at the weekend to be seeing a few Willow Emerald Damselfly emerging from the stream. As I continued to walk around, I saw 4 Southern Hawker flying up and down the paths before resting up at times briefly which allowed me to take a few photos of this stunningly coloured species. Also seen were 1 Brown Hawker, 2 Emperor Dragonfly and good numbers of Blue tailed and Azure Damselfly.
Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) - Immature male