I had a three hour window to get out today and despite the 20mph gusty winds, the forecast was for some warm sunshine with temperatures around twenty degrees celsius. I wanted to see how the Willow Emerald Damselflies were fairing since my last visit and despite the afore mentioned strong wind, I managed to find a creditable 31 Willow Emerald Damselfly. I would suspect if I had stayed longer and the wind had been not so strong that I would have seen quite a few more as there were a few areas I didn't look at. Nonetheless, it always nice to be able to see the males on territory and pairs in tandem flying up the stream to their next location to oviposit. Also seen today were 100+ Common Darter and when the sun finally got some heat in it, they seemed to be everywhere. The stream had continual pairs flying in and out to oviposit and a number of males were seen basking as well as a few mating pairs noted. There were c15 Migrant Hawker on the wing and visiting a few sheltered warm areas revealed a few basking in the sunshine. I spent some time here enjoying the sights and sounds and couldn't resist a few photos of a male Migrant Hawker which allowed quite a close approach for me to study and photograph. I doubt I will be out tomorrow so will have to wait another week until my next visit to see what's about. Hopefully by then, it will be sunny, warm and windless. We can but hope!
Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) - male