I made another visit this morning to Nethergong where upon arrival at 6.45am, I spent a couple of hours walking through the long grasses next to the stream and checking the waterside vegetation for any emerging damselflies. There was some lovely early morning sunshine and a slight dew and after checking for a while, I found a few Blue tailed Damselflies at rest which provided the first photo opportunities of the day. I will post a few shots of these in due coarse. After a good check of the area, I managed to find 12 Willow Emerald Damselfly and spent some time taking a number of photos with their wings open before the sun slowly went in for some time. The morning however, belonged to the Emerald Damselfly. They seemed to be everywhere and I made a conservative estimate of about 50 over c100yards. I suspect if I walked further, I could easily double or triple this number. I was able to observe them mating and a few females were seen egg laying in stems at the water. Most of the time was spent finding a few males, females and immatures to photograph and I ended up with a few pleasing shots for my efforts. Other bits seen included 3 Brown Hawker, 6 Emperor Dragonfly, 1 Norfolk Hawker, 1 Black tailed Skimmer and Common, Variable, Azure and Blue tailed Damselfly. Hopefully back next weekend to check on the numbers of Willow Emerald and Emerald Damselfly. I shall post a few shots from the weekend during the next few days.
Emerald Damselfly (female)
Emerald Damselfly (immature female)
Emerald Damselfly (male)