With my wife and 2 girls going to the O2 this afternoon to see 'The Vamps' performing tonight, I had the afternoon to myself and with warm sunshine, I spent some time looking over the tanks and garden pond to see if any damselflies would emerge. As it happens, whilst sitting on the bench, 1 Large Red Damselfly emerged providing a nice spectacle to watch. In the shallows I could see a few more damselfly nymphs, some of them possibly Azure or Variable which I introduced a few months ago and I suspect it won't be too long until they think about emerging. With some time on my hands, I went through some of yesterdays photos and also spent some time photographing a Large Red Damselfly as it rested on rocks around the pond.
Large Red Damselfly Emerging
Large Red Damselfly 'fresh wing'
On another note, regular readers will know that I visit a site near Reculver which has been fantastic for dragonflies and damselflies in the past few years. It was put up 'For Sale' a while ago and not long after as I passed by, a 'Sold' sign appeared. I made the odd visit hoping I would bump into the new owners where I hoped I could obtain permission to carry on visiting. On a visit, I did indeed meet one of the workers / owners, a very polite man who informed me that the land and water had been bought for 'duck shooting' and that I probably wouldn't be able to get permission there but he would try. I spoke to him a few days later where he did inform me that the young owner didn't want anyone on the site. He will continue to try for me as he was happy for me to make visits but I suspect that might be it for this site, devastating news for one of the best sites in Kent for odonata! This site has produced 22 species of dragonfly and damselfly including rare species such as Norfolk Hawker, Lesser Emperor, Red veined Darter, Southern, Willow, and Scarce Emerald Damselfly to name a few. I just hope that he persuades the owner to change his mind and that I might be of benefit to let them know what wildlife appears at this site. As i'm often told, shooters are very much conservationists, we shall wait and see!
Large Red Damselfly