So really there isn't a lot to report. No new species on the wing and the only dragonfly sightings have been the four-spotted chasers at Pond3, and these just brief flights in the five minutes of sunshine which has greeted my visits. 2 to 3 individuals; 3 males yesterday, 2 ovipositing females the previous evening, though one was snatched by a male while in the process. Here's the best of a poor bunch of photos from my two evening visits :
|The only time I've managed to get a four-spot in the frame was this|
ovipositing female, hardly a competition winner :-/
|A few azures around in the evenings, but all in cover.|
|A good number of blue-tailed damsels present in the evenings, flying in the |
overcast conditions but never over open water.
This one a mature male.
|A rufescens form immature female which is maturing into|
the duller infuscans-obsoleta form below
Slightly more sunshine on the next evening visit, though fewer damsels about. I did find a couple of common blues though, few and far between so far this year :
|In profile the thorax of the common blue seems to have a lot less black than the azure.|
|I'll get one of these front-on shots in focus yet (azure male)|
|Another azure male attempting to hide|
Poor light for the most part not helping the quality of the photos, a few better one's from my morning session but I'll save those for later, even writing this mundane post is proving as dull as the weather :-/