I have only managed to see the not so common Common Club-tail Dragonfly on one other occasion, and that was back in 2017, so this year, I was determined to see these brilliant dragonflies again.
It was also a totally new species for Lisa, and as the site is also only 30-40 minutes away from her home it is much easier to get to from there. In just over a week we have made the most of this year being a particularly good season for them too by visiting the site twice.
Not only are there reasonable numbers of this rare dragonfly, but there are also enormous quantities of Banded Demoiselles and a variety of other odonata species.
By visiting the same area twice we have also worked out the favoured area of the river for the Club-tails and seen their behaviour, both territorial, and where they like to rest up. At one point I had 4 males flying around me trying to win the territorial battle for the favoured bush. In the end I took far more photographs than I needed to, but at least I now have plenty of shots, although it was only the males we were seeing most of the time. The only female we saw rested just briefly on a bush before shooting off in the reeds and disappearing, probably egg laying?