This one looked in trouble as it lay on its side in the grass the warmth from my hand seemed to help and it eventually flew off, perhaps it was a tussle with another male I would like the photographic equipment to get some real close and detailed shots of Dragons Male & female coupled The Female after release, notice how articulated the segments are She composes herself preening and resting .The videos are also of this individual Two Males fighting for a dominant position Three Males landing flying over this new territory which is what I had just provide it take not take long for them to land on it.
Black Tailed Skimmer.........Orthetrum cancellatum
First Black Tailed Skimmer of the year on the 22 June, another species I don't know much about . they tend to fly low and often alight on the ground but this does not aid trying to get photographs as the detail is often lost.
First one seen on the 17th june, they seem much more common this year with some ponds having double figures , I don't know much about them as all I have seen of them is they patrol an area , but at least they alight frequently often on the same perch or a number of perches if the sun is moving around
I think I first encountered these some years ago in Norfolk at Cley Marsh , at the time did not think a great deal about them as nobody seemed to interested in Dragonflies.
My next encounter was in Barcelona at a pool in a small park, there was al sorts of Dragonflies & Damselflies especially these Emperors.......I was starting to get hooked on them .
The first Emperor of the year was noted on the 17th June, they have a tendency to fly what seems like constantly , patrolling back and forth over their chosen area, occasionally dashing off to chase a rival or perhaps some prey, but also occasionally they will hang up and if you are lucky let you get some photos
Male Emperor with an Azure damselfly about to try and settle on it's wing Female Emperor egg laying in the dense vegetation, in this case right in the middle of the pond They can remain in the same position for some time. Older Females can take on the colour of the Male Again an Azure Damselfly trying to settle on the females wing