With a day of warm temperatures and quite light winds forecast, I had arranged to carry out a survey of the dragonflies and damselflies at various private sites at Sandwich Bay with the warden, Steffan. Arriving at 10am in glorious warm sunshine, we spent about five hours walking around some of the private pools that can be found within the local area and found an excellent variety of species. The days highlights included 17 Southern Migrant Hawker including a pair in tandem and no doubt, about to oviposit into one of the dry ditches. I believe this is the first time a female Southern Migrant Hawker has been seen in the recording area.
Southern Migrant Hawker (Aeshna affinis) - male
Also noted nearby were 5 Scarce Emerald Damselfly and 7 Southern Emerald Damselfly. In one small dried up pool of only a few metres in diameter, we saw a male Southern Migrant Hawker patrolling and both Scarce and Southern Emerald Damselfly. Quite a sight I assure you to have these rare dragonflies and damselflies close together.
Scarce Emerald Damselfly (Lestes Dryas) - male
Southern Emerald Damselfly (Lestes barbarus)
Other pools also held plenty of Emperor Dragonfly, Black tailed Skimmer, a teneral Migrant Hawker, Common Blue Damselfly and 10+ Small red eyed Damselfly. As we slowly made our way back a Brown Hawker was seen and having thanked Steffan for giving up his time and taking me around the area, I spent the last hour on my own at a pool where I found 4 male Red veined Darter. I was able to spend some time slowly stalking them and obtaining a few nice photos of a species I haven't seen for a few years. A brilliant day in excellent company at a superb place for odonata with a number of very special species noted and a few pleasing images taken. Happy days!
Red veined Darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) - male