From the back garden it was blue skies filled with chattering house martins, a couple of chiffchaffs singing from the dene, buzzards soaring on high, butterflies-a-plenty, bees, wasps and my first two garden fly-through dragonflies of the year in the form of a migrant hawker and common darter. It was just like summer, though a bit too little and a bit too late.
Yesterday was similar. I was up and about early (for me) in hope of finding and photographing a dew-covered dragonfly in the fields near Far Pasture. It was bloody freezing, a proper autumnal morning, I wandered for what seemed like hours (actually it was) but didn't find a dragonfly until precisely 10.30am, by which time it was too late for the type of photo I was after, as the sun was shining brightly and autumn had turned back to summer.
|First dragon of the day, a red-tinged female Common Darter, the colouring denoting she's past her prime|
Over the next hour more Common Darters came out, mostly males, some immature yellows.
|One of the more mature male Common Darters on show|
|Ruddy Darter again, probably the same individual as Friday.|
|Soaking up the rays as the bright sunshine reflects from the leaf surface|
No hawkers at all on show yesterday, very disappointing, but nice to see the Ruddy Darter again.