Southern Hawker 3
Com. Hawker 0
Mig. Hawker 0
Com. Darter 8
Ruddy Darter 0
Azure damsel 0
L Red damsel 0
Com. Blue damsel 0
Blue-tailed damsel 0
Emerald damsel 0
The lack of damselflies is baffling, its getting late in the season for them but in sunny conditions I would still expected to see decent numbers on the ponds but not even one recorded in three site visits.
Of the Common Darters, a single was the only dragon present in over an hour at TW Pond late morning, and just 3 and 4 on consecutive visits to Far Pasture, including this one doing the 'obelisk' on Saturday.
|Male common darter pointing his abdomen directly at the sun (I checked) in an attempt to cool down by|
reducing surface area in direct sunlight.
It's a nature reserve, for a good variety of wildlife, not an outdoor photographic studio.
Ok, rant over.
Saturday's visit to FP at least afforded more views of a couple of Southern Hawkers by the trees at the sawmill gate :
|Shame this hawker was behind a fence but at least Sprog1 was able to view it well from the pathside|
|Rather than use wirecutters on the fence I moved around to get a better angle|
for my best photo of this immature male Southern Hawker
|A second male Southern Hawker (this one in fully mature colours) alighted far above us in the trees |
and I was just able to get a clear shot against the sky
|From a different angle a poor photo but shows the |
shimmering wings of the same dragonfly in the strong sunlight
But that's the sum total of excitement in what (numbers-wise) is fast becoming the worst dragonfly summer since I began keeping this blog 5 years ago. I've looked back at previous years though and often my first sighting of ruddy darter is mid-August so time yet, and small numbers of common darter isn't that unusual by early August, though I would expect the first Migrant Hawkers to be around by now. The lack of damsels is a worry though, they should still be around through most of August and occasionally into early September.
Let's see what next week brings.