By the time I arrived the sun was out with full force, quickly warming the atmosphere, and the pond looks a lot better now it's covered in surface plants (so you can't see the strangling brown leaf mulch or old cans/bottles at the bottom of it).
But there's obviously been a bit more emergence, one exuvia near the front of the pond and a scan across the back revealed at least a couple more than last week.
|One new exuvia in the grasses front of pond|
Then an old acquaintance (doing a BTO survey) came along and we spent a while chatting (as you do). He revealed he'd had a Hobby up at Old Hollinside Manor a couple of weeks back, probably the first Gateshead sighting this year (and may be worth checking out at a later date), so it wasn't until after he was on his merry way that I actually ventured round the side of the pond to inspect what seems to be the main 'launchpad' area this year.
Another new exuvia spotted but this time when I got my bins on it, a very pale hawker dragonfly was hanging from it, gettin!
|First sighting of an emerging Southern Hawker|
|Closer in and despite the pale look of the teneral hawker, the feature patterns and thick waist|
easily identify a female southern hawker
|Not easy to get a good view never mind photograph in the thick emergent grasses|
|She's done well to find enough space to emerge without an obstruction.|
|The first of the damsels up on a lazy Sunday morning|
Ah well, at least I got a newbie to photograph this year, missed out on the last couple. :-/