After birding yesterday morning (Wednesday) at Reculver, I decided to spend the last hour of my time out at Nethergong. I arrived around 9:30am where although nice and sunny, it was quite breezy but there were enough sheltered spots where activity was noted. In an hours walk around the Eastern part of the site, I managed to see 103 Willow Emerald Damselfly, 2 Southern Hawker, 6 Migrant Hawker, a few Emerald Damselfly and a good number of Common and Ruddy Darter. In a few sheltered areas, there were up to 20 Willow Emerald Damselflies resting quite close to each other providing a nice sight but not having the macro lens on my today, I decided another visit will happen soon to capture these lovely damselflies. Nearby was a resting male Southern Hawker and despite not the best of chosen perches for photographs, I couldn't resist taking a few of this beautifully coloured dragonfly. Nearby in another sheltered but sunny glade, there were a few Migrant Hawkers flying up and down and occasionally perching quite low down. After a bit of stalking, I was then able to get into a few positions where they were flying in and landing and rattled off a number of pleasing images. I had only been on sight an hour but in that time, had seen a good variety of dragonflies and damselflies, and managed a few shots too. I'm sure that a few visits will happen in the next couple of weeks where my attention will be no doubt be spent studying and photographing the Willow Emerald Damselflies and trying to improve on shots from previous years. The season has more to offer yet I hope.
Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) - male
Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) - male
Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) immature male