Monday, 3 June 2013

A Westbere Walk for Dragons!

I had a brief walk after work at Westbere Lakes hoping to connect with a few Dragonflies, notably a Scarce Chaser which had been seen yesterday. The sun was shining but there was a strong breeze but despite this a good number of Dragonflies and Damselflies were noted. In the walk up to the river there were hundreds of Damselflies, most Azure but it was nice to see a good number of Variable Damselflies and Common Blue Damselflies. Quite a few Teneral Red Eyed Damselflies were noted with 2 seen mating along the ditch but a bit too far for the camera. I found a nice sheltered area where Blue tailed Damselflies were flying and then the prize turned up and landed nearby, a Scarce Chaser. I managed to get quite near and rattle off a few pleasing images of this beauty before it carried on hunting but often returning to the same patch to land.


Scarce Chaser

Near the river it was pleasing to see 6 Banded Demoiselle including 5 males. These are stunning insects to watch and again the camera was in some serious action capturing their superb colours.

 Female Banded Demoiselle

Male Banded Demoiselle

As I walked back 5 Hairy Dragonflies were seen and 2 Large Red Damselflies were watched, the first time I have seen them here. A very pleasant session with some nice species seen, I will post some more shots tomorrow of the visit.


Large Red Damselfly

4 comments:

  1. Those male Scarce chaser are rather special Marc, lucky to have them close by. Nice shots clearly the new toy is performing well.

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  2. Awesome shots, Marc! You have a great variety of Damselflies!

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  3. That Scarce Chaser is superb Marc, a good one for the collection :-)

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