Bovey Heathfield 29 May

Spent an idyllic couple of hours beside the pond in the middle of the heath. Nightjar churred briefly in early afternoon and Tree Pipit, Yellowhammer, Linnet and Stonechat were singing close by. Best action, though, was from the dragonflies (and not forgetting a nice Grass Snake). An egg-lying Azure Damselfly was attacked from below by a Water Boatman (which in turn was attacked by a Palmate Newt), while others were watched trying to brush off mites from their abdomens with their hind legs. At least 4 Emperor Dragonflies and a Broad-bodied Chaser were egg-laying, while 'their' males fought each other above. Large Red, Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies added to the variety.  Best of all, though, was that this took place very close to where I was sitting, often within a metre of me!

Azure Damselfly attacked by Water Boatman Common Blue Damselfly Emperor Dragonfly egg-laying

Azure Damselflies and Water Boatman       Common Blue Damselfly                 Emperor Dragonfly

Posted May 30th, 2020 at 10:41 am by Dave Smallshire in Bird News