I had not planned to go out today but mid morning the kids went off to a party with the wife and this gave me a few hours to go out with the camera. The weather was not that inspiring with quite a strong wind and cloud so I decided to drive over to Stodmarsh to see if the Great White Egrets were about. I arrived 20 minutes later at Stodmarsh and was soon at the Reedbed hide where Steve Ashton and Mike Gould already were. They had seen only 1 Great White Egret and not long after one duly took flight distantly from the reeds and flew further away and landed out of sight. That was the only view I had and so with Mike and Steve moving on as they had been in the hide for hours I gave it 30 minutes to see what would appear. Not much is the answer but I managed to just about keep some notes with 15 Cormorant, 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Jay, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Marsh Harrier, 5 Grey Heron, 1 Great crested Grebe, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Treecreeper and c1000 House Martins moving west with the odd Sand Martin and Swallow in with them. Of late I have really enjoyed taking photos of dragonflies and damselflies and with that in mind I decided to hatch a plan to see if I could get any shots of the Common Blue damselfly face on. I returned to the car and drove over to Reculver where I knew there was a quiet area that I could spend some time photographing these damselflies. Despite the wind I managed to find 20+ Common Blue damselflies and set about trying to get the shots I wanted. I spent the next hour crawling around on the floor getting a number of pleasing images and pretty much the shots I had in my mind before I arrived. I find these creatures fascinating and can't wait until next year already when I shall hopefully add a number of new species I am yet to see. Also in the area there were c10 Common Darters, 1 Emperor dragonfly and c10 Migrant Hawkers including a mating pair allowing for a few more shots to be taken. A very pleasant few hours with the mission accomplished.