Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Few Hours at Westbere

With the car going into Perrys this morning to get some work done at 8.30am, this gave me a couple of hours to walk down to Westbere Lakes to see what was around. It was pretty windy but at least sunny and as I made my way towards the river I could already see a good number of Common Blue and Blue tailed Damselflies on the wing. Continuing on I flushed a couple of Brown Hawker from near me but the pressure is now off with this species after yesterday and along the river were hundreds of Banded Demoiselle. It seemed you couldn't walk a few metres without seeing a whole load of these and after a while I succumbed to a shot of this attractive species.

Male Banded Demoiselle

A few migrant Hawker were flying up and down the dykes which passed some time away as I tried for a few flight shots. I managed a few but I shall be back to improve upon todays efforts, the angles didn't quite work out and I would like some more background colour.

Male Migrant Hawker

Also along the river were good numbers of Red eyed Damselflies with a few Small Red eyed Damselflies seen and as I made my way back I noted 2 Black tailed Skimmer and 1 Ruddy Darter posed on a convenient  perch allowing a few shots with the 300mm lens.

Male Ruddy Darter

A pleasant couple of hours and hopefully back out soon although I should start a bit of birding soon again now that autumn is on its way.


  1. Lots of Dragons about at the moment Marc, you found another good selection to photograph :-) I found a Small red Eyed Damsel today, very pleasing!

  2. Three excellent images here Marc. Saw my first Banded Demoiselle - believe it or not - recently, beautiful creature with a butterfly-like flight.