With the last of the warm sunny days for the time being yesterday (Saturday), I had a walk again at Westbere Lakes to see what could be found. I spent most of the time walking up to the river and then west towards Fordwich before returning the way I had came. There were quite a few other people out also having their exercise which proved challenging, especially if I wanted to photograph anything near the path, so a few chances were definitely missed. It was still lovely to be out and my challenges for the day was to try to photograph a male Hairy Dragonfly and a male Banded Demoiselle. I don't seem to be having much luck on the Hairy front and despite seeing 7 Hairy Dragonfly, none were seen to perch. This swayed my attention to the Banded Demoiselle of which I saw about 10. They are normally very skittish and this proved the case again as time and time again, I stalked them only for them to fly off just as I was about to get a photograph. Perseverance is a powerful tool in this game and eventually I was rewarded with a superb male Banded Demoiselle which posed beautifully for a short time and allowed me to fire off a few shots and appreciate those lovely colours. As I was off the pathway, I didn't have to worry about others passing and it was just a delight in the warm sunshine to be studying this beauty at close range. They are certainly a species I look forward to seeing every year. With some shots taken, I made my way back to the car where on the way I managed to see a few Variable, Azure, Blue tailed, Red eyed, and Large Red Damselfly but numbers still remain quite low but hopefully this will all change in the next few weeks. Fingers crossed for some better weather again soon and a few more visits out and about. It won't be long until the first Norfolk Hawkers are flying in the Stour Valley, a species I get really excited about seeing and photographing every year.
Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) - male