Having returned back to work after the summer holidays, its back to weekends birding and looking for dragonflies. With the season slowly drawing to an end, its left to a few species to fly the flag and with some sunshine this morning, I decided on a very brief visit to Nethergong at 9.15am to see what was about. I only spent about 30 minutes on site and walked the eastern end in the sunshine where I noted c10 Willow Emerald Damselfly warming up, 1 Migrant Hawker, 3 Common Darter and 1 male Southern Hawker which posed nicely in the sunshine for a few photos. I had hoped to find and photograph this species at rest as they are one of our most stunningly coloured dragonflies but so far this season, they had eluded the camera. Therefore it was very satisfying to get the lens on them although as usual, their choice of chosen perch was not to my liking. With autumn now in full swing, I will have to hope the weather is kind at the weekends to allow me to make a few visits to enjoy the last part of the season.
Southern Hawker (male)