I'm glad I saw them when I first passed the gate, two of them in the far corner, one staring back at me as if daring me to enter the field. When I next passed it they were nowhere to be seen so I could easily have gone to the pond blissfully unaware, which I'm sure would have resulted in some sort of soiled trouser incident. I certainly won't be entering the field while they are in residence that's for sure.
It's nothing short of a disaster as I was really looking forward to photographing the Four-spotted Chasers again there this year after getting some crackers in 2015. And with the ponies still in the Forbidden Pond field it looks like Dragonhunting at Far Pasture will be a complete waste of time this year, it being my nearest dragonfly site to home I'm not a happy chappie.
Hunting damsels along the roadside is about all I can do there at the moment, I found around 8 each of Azure and Blue-tailed on Friday, again in mainly dull conditions, so a few record shots of various forms and ages is all I have to show for it :
|A few mature male Blue-tails were active in the dull conditions road-side|
|This one almost fully mature but still showing a patch of green at front of thorax|
|A teneral male in the same area|
|Another immature male caught in brief moment of sunshine|
|Immature green-form female Azure|
|Almost fully mature male Azure|
|Immature male Azure, my favourite form of this damsel, love the chestnut-topped eyes|
|First fully mature male Azure with immature female below|
|Another virtually mature male Azure|
|And another immature female to finish.|