From the hide there was nothing in the way of dragons, the Forbidden Pond is now very well stocked with water but not with dragons, and Pond3 is still guarded by killer ponies so remains inaccessible.
But the roadside fences at last held a double-figure count of Common Darters, both males and females in various stages of maturity, but still no Ruddys to be found by the ditch.
|The light was so strong and the illusion so good that from distance I actually thought this |
was two darters one on top of the other
|" Ha! Got you pinned down now."|
"Yeah, like literally"
Star of the day though was our final sighting at the top of the access road, where a foraging female Southern Hawker alighted in thick roadside vegetation as the sun dipped behind cloud, and thankfully stayed put for a long while as she was so well camouflaged it took an age to find her even though she was in unobstructed view. She was also very well settled, and even an impatient Sprog3 couldn't remove her from her low perch as I snapped away with him shouting in my ear (though I have to say he was impressed when I showed him what I was snapping, even recognising it as the same dragonfly I have on my screensaver).
|Unbelievably difficult to make out with the naked eye, marvellous camouflage.|
|But very obliging allowing cracking close-ups|
|Another view of her blending capabilities|
|She hung around for a while allowing me to get a variety of angles|
|This my favourite, showing the superb patterns on the abdominal segments|
A good find and not at all displeased with the photos. The X-S1 is proving its worth with the bigger dragonflies. It was also a treat to view her in detail through the Papilios from point blank range, what a great buy they are turning out to be (I even noted a pair being used by George McGavin, insect man on The One Show the other week, and if they're good enough for George . . . . ) :-)