Patchy sunshine made for a lot of waiting around; in the first half hour only three glimpses of damsels along the road, none of which were vaguely photographable (is that a word?)
I realised I wasn't going to have much luck stretching over the roadside fence searching the sheltered ditch and hawthorns, so changed tactic and just searched the roadside vegetation in easy reach, and soon found a few hidden gems, which either stayed put under cloud or flushed up within easy reach when the sun shone :
|Immature male Azure|
|Teneral female Azure|
|Immature female Azure|
|Another immature male, this one with a bent abdomen,|
most likely the result of a slight obstruction during emergence.
For the hour and a half I spent on site I still only had 11 sightings in all. Every one of the 8 identified was an azure, and of the others I'm just about sure one was a teneral large red but it settled too distant and briefly for me to be 100%
Star of the day though was this female Azure perched right on the edge of a dock leaf, with her shadow showing through the sunlit leaf, too good an opportunity to let pass by, shame I couldn't get the focus right, you dream of getting a shot like this then feck it up through poor technique, it could have been a corker :
|And this is her in full view|
|Looked like it had been bitten in two, fox perhaps?|
|This male was hiding in cover but a shaft of|
sunlight had his front end beautifully lit.
|Just liked the splodge of red contrasting with |
the green leaf in this composition.
Great to see them back though, even if just in small numbers at the moment