With very warm temperatures throughout most of the week but a busy week at work, I have only been able to make a brief visit out where on Tuesday I called into a private site south of Reculver for an hour or so. It was alive with dragonflies and damselflies. Four spotted Chasers were all around with 1 Broad bodied Chaser noted, Emperor Dragonflies seemed to fill every part of the pools, Black tailed Skimmers rushed out all over the water with mating pairs seen everywhere, Common and Ruddy Darter sat up on their perches over the water but I couldn't find any Red veined Darters.
Four spotted Chaser
A search of the sedges produced 3 Scarce Emerald Damselfly, 2 males and a female which gave me the chance of a few photos.
Scarce Emerald Damselfly (male)
With so much to look at and photograph, I didn't know where to point the camera but an Emperor Dragonfly posed nicely and I tried for a few flight shots but the light was just the wrong angle for a nice shot but a few turned out alright.
Emperor Dragonfly (male)
I will try for another Emperor flight shot soon I hope as this species eludes me in flight. Part of this next bit may be made up...........! As I scanned the water an Emperor flew by at speed chasing another dragonfly. It was only a male LESSER EMPEROR DRAGONFLY. I found one here last year so it was nice to find another of these rarities. It didn't stop by for long and only made a few passes. This might be the made up bit coming..... At this point my young daughter appeared, took the camera off me and took a series of appalling out of focus shots of the Lesser Emperor Dragonfly as it flew by at speed.
Lesser Emperor Dragonfly (male)
Unlike many other Hawkers, they don't seem to stop much so the photos obtained were not that good. If only I could have taken them, they may have come out useable!!!!!!! It seemed to then disappear but I hope it may remain in the area for a while so I can have a proper attempt at it. Despite the short session, lots to be seen and photographed and chuffed to have found the Lesser Emperor Dragonfly. Hopefully an outing over the weekend where weather permitting, I might have my first look locally for Willow Emerald Damselflies. They should be around very soon.
Broad bodied Chaser (female)