Whatever the reason I can't believe I've never given it a try, it's an absolute belter of a pond, in fantastic condition and teeming with a plethora of pond-life.
I didn't have a lot of time today (just wanted to try and photograph the four-spots) so had a quick look so far around the pond edge then sat by the provided perching sticks and waited.
Two four-spotted chaser males were on the scene from the off, but more concerned with chasing each other than posing for photos at first. But eventually patience paid dividends and I was treated to some cracking views and excellent photo-opportunities.
|As they zip around they look no more attractive than 'little brown jobs' but good views show |
exquisite patterns on both body and wings
|"Oi, gerroff my perch!"|
|This pic shows the four wing-spots extremely well|
|"Ah yes, I can see the blockage from here."|
Have to say I was really chuffed with the photos, for once the strength and direction of the sunlight, and the distance to the subject were all about perfect. (though I think I'll take my tripod next time).
I would say there were four male four-spots on site, constantly searching the margins (unsuccessfully) for females, though a couple of male Broad-bodies turned up and immediately one latched onto a female of his species for a brief mid-air fling.
Large numbers of azure damsels were on show, many tandem pairs copulating in the vegetation and ovipositing on the pond. Large red, common blue and blue-tail were also present but in much smaller numbers.
|One of many pairs of copulating azure damsels|
|teneral blue-tailed, so they're still emerging|
Star of the show though was the pond itself, great to discover a new site to keep an eye on, so thanks lads for the heads up (you know who you are). I'll certainly be keeping tabs on this one over the summer, as long as the horses/bulls don't reappear :-O
|Pond 3 (as it will be referred to as from now) with chaser perches front left|
superb quality and great access