Monday, 30 January 2023

The Last Post

This will be my final post on Kent Dragonflies. After dwindling visitor figures due to the part I have not updated as much as I used too, I have finally decided to call it a day and concentrate on the birding. Many thanks to all the followers that have taken the time to visit and leave comments. They were all very much appreciated. I will of course still be making time for dragonflies which I shall post on social media. I am currently birding Nethergong and would very much like it if you would bookmark this page and follow @ Many thanks. 

Friday, 16 December 2022

Some Photographic Highlights 2022

It's been another busy year with a number of visits made to sights to see some of Kent's finest dragonflies and damselflies. Although I probably didn't get out as much as I had wanted too, I was able to take a number of pleasing images to add to the memories. As ever, I could post many more but here are a selection of photos from the year. I hope you enjoy them.

Dainty Damselfly (Coenagrion scitulum) - mating pair

Dainty Damselfly (Coenagrion scitulum) - emerging 

Dainty Damselfly (Coenagrion scitulum) - male

Dainty Damselfly (Coenagrion scitulum) - nymph 

Golden ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii - male

Golden ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii - male

Hairy Dragonfly (Brachytron pratense) - female

Norfolk Hawker (Aeshna isosceles) - male

Southern Migrant Hawker (Aeshna affinis) - emerging 

Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis) - male 

Many thanks for taking the time to look through. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a dragonfly filled 2023. 

Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Autumn Willows

An afternoon visit to Nethergong last weekend in sunny conditions produced a few Willow Emerald Damselfly enjoying the sunshine and after finding a few likely candidates, I set about capturing a few images showing off their subtle autumnal colours. There were also still quite a few Migrant Hawkers flying around as well as Common Darters. Hopefully a few more visits over the next few weeks weather permitting to enjoy their final month or so before the season winds down. 

Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis) - male

Friday, 29 July 2022

Going for Gold!

With the summer holidays here and a little more time on my hands, I made the drive across to west Kent this morning at 10am in sunny warm conditions to look for the Golden ringed Dragonfly, a particularly scarce species in Kent. On arrival I was shocked at how overgrown the stream was and there was barely any stream actually visible. I decided therefore to do a little gardening and after fighting my way through the undergrowth to the stream, I set about trying to remove some of the overhanging vegetation. C30 minutes later and I could at least now see some stream and hoped that a Golden ringed would find this clearance to its liking. After cooling down with a drink I then spent some time sat stream side where not long after Beautiful and Banded Demoiselles arrived along with a couple of Blue tailed Damselfly and a single White legged Damselfly. Then the star of the show slowly glided by as a female Golden ringed Dragonfly flew in and checked out my gardening. She thankfully approved and landed on some nettles where I was able to move in slowly and take a few shots before a Brown Hawker arrived and they flew off over the bushes.

Golden ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) - female

I waited a little longer and only a brief glimpse of a male flying through so decided to take a walk up the stream to see if any other area were clear enough to hold them. I did find two spots that were just about flowing through and both held male Golden ringed Dragonflies and even better, they were staying in the area and readily perching up. Again I sat down on the edge of the stream where one kept on flying in and landing only a metre or so away. What a stunning dragonfly to have in Kent. On one occasion one male flew up and took out a bumblebee before flying down to a perch further away and spent some time munching. With a couple of hours passing by quickly and plenty of photos and memories made, I made my way back towards the entrance where as I took one more look at my cleared area, a male Golden ringed Dragonfly was perched up. A superb session but worrying that as the years go by, will the stream eventually cease to operate and become overgrown. Maybe next year I will go down earlier and clear some areas in anticipation for their season. Seeing a Golden ringed Dragonfly in Kent is a good day, seeing 3 is magical. 

Golden ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii) - male