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.
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