On arrival at the little bridge over the stream, most noticeable was the number of tadpoles in there, it was absolutely wick with them. Good size as well, many with rear legs well developed I noted as I quickly scanned the waters. Looking around the vegetation I noted my first blue-tail, then another and another, but then the holy grail of damsels, a resplendent male Banded Demoiselle fluttered into view. Unfortunately the family had moved off due to a pack of dogs (some I was even scared of) running around and my 6-year old is really nervous of them, and my camera was in the little ’uns buggy. So the return journey I made a point in stopping here again, not so crowded now but the kids were tired, grumpy and restless, I took these record shots of the two new species but really just snaps, must have a trip along here and the river in the next week or so (on my own) when I can spend a bit of time to get some better shots from better angles. They’ll do for now though.
|Blue-tailed damselfly Ischnura elegans (male)|
|Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens (male)|