The intensity and direction of the sunshine made it difficult to get a near-decent photo, I got good enough views through my bins but every time he darted up from his perch (especially to have ago at a patrolling Southern Hawker) he always settled again facing away from me, so this is the best angle I could get him from :
|Awful photo but this angle shows the waisted abdomen and black legs|
of the ruddy darter
The Ruddy also buzzed a tandem pair of darters, golden tinted wings of the male suggested they may also have been Ruddys, and they disappeared low into the ditch out of sight probably to oviposit.
Two male Southern Hawkers were on patrol with the odd inevitable skirmish, and damsels were represented by a few emeralds, azure and blue-tailed.
|A couple of gems - emeralds|
A couple of other colourful insects posed for the camera while I was waiting for dragons :
A few of these colourful flies around the muddy ditch-pools which is
apparently prime breeding habitat.
|Don't know much about butterflies but |
believe this is a Small Skipper.
The ringers also netted a juv kingfisher this morning, they reported loads of young blackcaps and chiffchaffs, the latter looks so tiny in hand it's amazing how far it flies each year on migration, and I learned how they told dull-plumaged willow/chaffs apart by counting the primary feather margination, so wasn't a wasted journey altogether :-)