We were on a time limit, so decided to have look around the 'old lodge' part of the reserve, specifically the ponds and marsh area in the hope of finding some Odonata there. On arriving at the ponds I immediately saw numerous Four Spotted chasers, plus an Emperor Dragonfly, as well as Common Blue and Large Red Damsels. A Golden Ringed Dragonfly flew tantalizingly past but failed to alight anywhere, then I saw what I thought was a Black tailed Skimmer, which as I approached I found to be in fact a Keeled Skimmer........my first ever!! :-)
Being short on time, I took s few record shots, as I did so, noting two further specimens that encroached on the initial skimmers territory, ending in a brief skirmish. My time was up all too soon, but I will try and visit here again before the Odonata season closes!
Here's a few of the better images I took ..........................
Keeled Skimmer - a lifer for me!
The eyes on this Skimmer are an amazing colour, being a clear green/blue