With the sun finally coming through late afternoon although it was still very cloudy, I made a visit to a site to see what was around. I was hoping to re find the Lesser Emperor which was seen by someone yesterday but despite a good look around in not ideal conditions, I did not find it. There was a strong breeze and the sun spent more time in than out but when it did appear the place was alive with damselflies, Black tailed Skimmers and a few Four spotted Chasers. As I was scanning over the water I could see a dragonfly in a small bay and I could not believe what it was, a Norfolk Hawker. I just seem to be bumping into this species everywhere at the moment and it begs the question, how many are out there? I spent c10 minutes watching as it flew around before it flew out of the bay and was lost to view. I expect there are more to be found in the next few weeks and I'm sure if you check ditches and dykes in east Kent, others will be found. Moving on I found a sheltered spot where there were c30 Emerald Damselfly, some males maturing nicely which gave me the chance to get a few shots although the sun was not at its best. Also in this area were a few Common Darter and as I walked back to the car a few Black tailed Skimmer and 2 Emperor Dragonfly were observed. Fathers Day tomorrow but hopefully I can get a few hours in somewhere in the morning looking for dragonflies although the weather does not look that good.
Immature Female Emerald Damselfly
Male Emerald Damselfly
Immature Male Emerald Damselfly