|Not the first of the day but certainly the most photographable Black Darter I encountered|
|I was able to focus nicely on him with the background a contrasting colour|
|Lovely dragonfly, a male in his prime|
|This one had unusual horseshoe markings at the tail|
|This one shows how tricky it can be here when there's strong sunlight and reflective backgrounds.|
|The Moorland (or Common) Hawkers gave me the runaround but this male shows up|
nicely against the dark waters of the Tarn
|There is a hawker dead centre of pic, but this just a view of the tarn itself|
|Star of the day though was this female Moorland Hawker resting in thick vegetation.|
|Don't often get the opportunity to photograph a settled female like this (or male for that matter)|
so worked my way round for a better view
|Another angle, the distinctive yellow costa along the front edge of the wings|
and pale brown eyes of a young individual.
|On our second visit I managed a clearer shot of a flighty male Moorland Hawker|
Not great but all the ID features are there
|Not many Common Darters on show but this one perched nicely on the back of a bench|
|A final Black darter on the same bench, too reflective for a decent pic|
|And finally a female Black darter at last, same bench, same strong sunshine, same reflective surface,|
same crap result.
One of my favourite sites, recommend a visit late July or early August for the emergence of the Black Darters. Need a bit of luck for the Hawkers though.