Just over a month ago Matt suggested that it would do me good to get away from the house for a few days so I could chill out and forget about all my woes.
He was co-leading a Naturetrek tour in Shetland, but on his return to the mainland he was going to try to add the Azure Hawker to his list of British dragonflies. This was actually the last species he needed to complete the British list, well, that is until another new species makes it over here!!
I decided that the trip would indeed be a good idea so as usual I left Matt to do all the planning etc and all I had to do was to get to Gatwick, with a lot of help from Chris, get on the plane and meet Matt at Inverness.
I arrived in Inverness after a wonderful flight up with great views of the West coast from Cumbria, over my brother's neck of the woods near Loch Lomond and the length of Loch Ness. Matt was waiting just outside the airport in shorts and sunglasses as the sunshine was wall to wall. It was decided we would head straight away to the site of the Azure Hawker at Loch Maree. Unfortunately, on the way there the weather decided to go downhill and by the time we were on site it was considerably cooler and cloudy and the chances of finding this extreme rarity had diminished. In fact the only dragonfly we saw was a roosting Golden-ringed Dragonfly which I photographed in a light drizzle. The Broome behind the insect did however brighten the image up no end!!