Monday, 12 July 2010

Washington WWT Wow.

The Survey of Dragonflies and Damselflies began yesterday and what a start i had.

As i was walking down to the ponds something rather large caught my eye. Upon further inspection i came across this beauty. Only a Southern Hawker Dragonfly. WOW !






This cracking Dragonfly has only recently started to spread to our part of the country so it was a very nice and unexpected find.

As i continued my walk i saw a Common Darter resting on the floor.


Fandragontastic Mate

So with stool set up by the pond i began my survey. There was plenty to see with Common Blue, Blue Tailed and Azure Damselfly.




Both Azure Damselfly



Common Blue


The Damselflies were mating and laying eggs so a good sign of a healthy Damselfly world. I also spotted two Common Blue Tenerals drying their wings out.

Then something glimmered like a jewel in the sun. And it was indeed a jewel. A stunning Emerald Damselfly.


Emerald

Three male Broad Body Chasers did what there name suggests and chased a female around the pond for a good twenty minutes. They proved very hard to photograph but i eventually manged to capture a couple of record shots.




Broad Body Chaser

A single Large Red Damselfly tried its best to have a rest but the Common Blues were having none of it and kept chasing him away.




There was also a good number of Butterflies visiting the area around the pond. Four Comma put on a show amongst the leaves. Chasing each other away until only one remained. Although he was a little Moth eaten (excuse the pun) .



Other species noted were, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Painted Lady and Meadow Brown.

A few pic below to show the variety of species found.









Other creatures of interest seen were, two Newts and a Frog of which type i have no idea.

So a truly enjoyable day which i shall repeat next Sunday.

9 comments:

  1. That was a good day, Davy. The chaser is a nice one to find. I really must try to get out more!

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  2. Great post Davy. Yep, sounds like you had a very enjoyable day.

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  3. You've scored with that job Davy!

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  4. You need to post these on THE DARTER with your mate!!!!
    John
    Some cracking species Davy.

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  5. Cheers John, What is The Darter and are you refering to A T.

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  6. Davy,
    Check out link on my blog list for The Darter. Run by the same gentleman that used to run Bird NEast
    John

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  7. Can i hazard a guess that your cracking new header is a male Emerald Damselfly. You really should contact The Darter!
    John

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  8. Sorry, me again. Just noticed........check the spelling of amateur.
    John

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  9. I know it will sound childish but i will have nothing to do with AT.

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