As mentioned in yesterdays post, I saw my first Banded Demoiselle's and Scarce Chasers of the year at Westbere Lakes whilst walking along the river. There can not be many more exciting sights in the odonata world than seeing large numbers of Banded Demoiselle flying up and down the river, their banded wings catching the sunlight as they chase each other before perching up on often quite exposed reeds, before continuing the chase soon after. Not the numbers yet at Westbere but I hope in a few weeks time, I will indeed be seeing hundreds of these stunners flying. I only encountered three yesterday and often, this species can be very wary but with the sun in and out, it gave me a chance to attempt a few photos as one male perched up on a reed. Using some in camera flash, I was able to fire off a few pleasing shots, hopefully the first of my many encounters with this species.
Banded Demoiselle (male)
I also come across 4 Scarce Chaser but photo opportunities were a little more tricky as they rested just the wrong side of the dykes for me. I was able to lean over and despite not the best light, attempt my first shots of this species this year. The colours are superb on these immatures and in the right conditions with subtle backgrounds, can make for a striking photo.
Scarce Chaser (immature male)
Hopefully back out soon for more attempts and if I am lucky, maybe a few Variable Damselfly photos will come my way along with any other dragonfly or damselfly that lands within camera range!