It was another trip up to the forest yesterday in the vague hope of getting a picture of the Brilliant Emerald, well, you can always live in hope!!
As expected this was not achieved and the nearest to a decent dragonfly was when a Brown Hawker settled nearby. Of course it took off long before a camera could get in range.
It was then a case of seeing what else was around. The dainty Small Red Damselfly was once again very evident and allowed a bit of practice with the camera. With a steady breeze blowing it was a challenge getting any photographs of them but a pair in tandem did give the opportunity of getting something a little different from the shots already achieved this year.
A single male Small Red Damselfly also posed nicely in a position that gave a nice diffused background.
A couple of Emerald Damselflies were also seen but these were even harder to get a good photograph of in the increasing breeze. I hope that I will be able to improve on this one if I can get back there on a warm still day.
On the way back to the car I saw my first ever Beautiful Yellow Underwing moth and then on a small diversion to some oak woodland my first definite Purple Hairstreak of the year. This was a male that sat high in the oak with wings wide apart giving good views through the binoculars.