With some early sunshine forecast for this morning but clouds rolling in by mid morning, I thought I would have another trip over to a site near Reculver to see if I could find and photograph some more Migrant Hawkers. I duly arrived on site about 7.30am where I made my way straight to the sheltered area which has one side bordered by tall hedges and trees but thankfully at this time of the day, the sun shines into the area quite well. I was soon scanning the hedges and after a while I started to see the odd Migrant Hawker resting up. Some were quite high but I did find a few which were only about a metre off the ground, perfect for me. Most of the ones I saw today were females which after photographing a male yesterday, made a nice change. I was able to spend about an hour studying and photographing them at close range and they didn't seem to mind my close presence as I rattled off a number of shots from different angles. After a while I carried on to check out a few more areas and ended up seeing c15 Migrant Hawkers including a few more male which gave me another excuse to take some more photos. No doubt these will be posted in due course. With the clouds starting to move in, I decided to make my way back where on the way I noted 5 Black tailed Skimmer, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 2 Small Red eyed Damselfly, a few Blue tailed Damselfly and lots of Common Blue Damselfly. Hopefully weather permitting, a trip in the next couple of days to Thursley Common to catch up with a few species we do not get in Kent and maybe a photo opportunity or two!
Migrant Hawker (female)