Friday was a case in point; the sun was shining but it was incredibly windy for the time of year so there wasn't much point in going any further than Far Pasture (for a change) hoping it wouldn't be so brisk at the bottom of the valley.
Think again, the trees and long grasses in the fields were swishing about like a load of headbangers at a Judas Priest gig, and for once I made a beeline straight for the hide.
Only a few blue damsels dared venture out over the pond, though another brief sighting, this time of a Four-spotted Chaser took me by surprise.
Not really much doing so I checked the roadside ditch and thick vegetation around the gate, and managed to track down some damsels anyway :
|This female Common Emerald was hiding in the thick grass by the Forbidden gate,|
a cracking damsel though in her prime.
|Next find was this rather flighty green phase infuscans Blue-tail female|
She flushed up out of the thick but soon made her way back down again
|But not before alighting on the barbed wire for a closer shot|
|A male Blue-tail also made an appearance just further along the fence|
Then I caught sight of a bonny little damselfly semi-hidden in the thick growth over the fence, a blue-tail but the most strikingly orange form I'd ever seen though this photo doesn't show it as bright as it looked to the eye :
Now I know the Scarce Blue-tail has an orange form but they don't ever come anywhere near this far north, do they?
Well no, I could only get a couple of record shots of this one before a really stiff gust took it away never to be seen again, but I got enough of it to confirm back at home that it was no more than just a 'strange phase' Common Blue-tail. Still wish I could have got a few closer shots and from side-on as well but couldn't relocate it after the wind took it.