Today the damsels (along with the sun) were in hiding most of the time I was there but there were plenty to be found on the pond-side grasses and brambles, with the overcast conditions keeping them grounded for long periods.
|A bit of searching revealed plenty of damsels|
|With a bit of synchronized perching thrown in|
But this enabled me to get close-up to a couple of individuals and potentially some cracking shots. Unfortunately (sorry to keep harping on) the Kodak just isn't up to the job and I'm a bit disappointed with the results, which I have to say looked a lot better in the viewfinder at the time.
|An aggressive-looking Large Red|
|Wing-spreading seems to be a sign of aggression|
but I managed to get right in the face of this feller.
|Don't often get up-close face-on with a blue, they're usually|
more wary than the reds.
|But this one was quite happy for a close-up,|
shame my camera wasn't.
There wasn't much else doing but the sun got out just before I was about to leave so I hung about a bit longer, and saw a teneral hawker making its maiden flight from the rough at the back of the pond. I tried to track it through the trees as it slowly fluttered off but despite thinking I had it pinned down, I was unable to relocate it when I moved around. Shame that.
I presume it was a Southern Hawker as to my knowledge they are the only (hawker) species which breed there, though Common Hawker males have been seen patrolling the last couple of summers.
A pleasant enough little session then, though my jinx continued on the way home as the top came off the kids water-bottle I had borrowed in my backpack, soaking my hat, notebook and binoculars (no harm done), though the camera escaped a wetting this time.