This last week has seen an explosion of activity on the odonata front. Not surprising really, after the awful spring we are now in full-on summer mode. Early morning and it’s emergence time at the pond. As the heat builds the damselflies are returning in numbers to mate and lay eggs. So much to see I’m struggling to decide where to venture to next.
With most very rare species I find myself hitting the road and travelling for hours to see them. Not so with one dragonfly. In the County of Norfolk the Downy Emerald (Cordulia aenea) can only be found in two adjacent ponds and as luck would have it they are just ten minutes away. I won’t name the ponds due to the fragile nature of this species hanging on and limited access though most keen dragonfly enthusiasts know of them. Yesterday (7th) I managed to obtain my first half decent images. The males constantly patrol the pond margins and if they settle it’s high up on a leaf in the overhanging canopy. The lighting is not ideal as you are looking into the sun. No matter, I came home with a big grin on my face (just don’t ask how many shots I took to get six reasonable ones!).
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