The first thing I notice is the water resembles thick tea, a sure sign that some local pond life has released his mutt to damage and terrorise the proper pond life (actually that comparison is a bit unkind to the life in the pond).
|Thornley Woods Pond|
about half the size of a tennis court
|Exuvia - 1 of 11|
|Exuvia - 2 of 11|
both Southern Hawker Dragonfly
|A tandem of Large Red Damsels|
I’ll come back again in a couple of weeks when the adults have reached maturity and return to the pond for mating and egg-laying, usually an entertaining session if past years are anything to go by. Meantime here is a picture I took last year of an emerging adult from this same pond.
|Emerging Southern Hawker 2010|
probably a female judging by the thickness of the base of the abdomen.
Males are more pinched in.