On Monday I decided to have a day out with the family, and we ended up heading to RHS Hyde Hall. I have only visited a few time before, and never on a sunny day in summer. On my previous visits I had suspected the ‘new’ lake there would be good for dragonflies, and I was not wrong; there were a number of common darter and emperor dragonflies around.
Back down at the ‘new’ lake I located a well grown little grebe chick. Its seems that after their nest was destroyed by the wind (and not by the crows, despite what some pro hunting twitter folk tried to twist my photos it into showing) the little grebe pair tried again and successfully reared at least 2 chicks. This one was posing in water reflecting the lovely purple loosestrife.
Down by the bird hide I found a number of dragon and damselflies, including a pair of willow emeralds, a species I’m not sure have been recorded on the site before. On the path I found this Black tailed skimmer, which was a bit flighty, but I able to get a few nice shots with the 300mm and teleconvertor.
In the end I got up to 8 species of dragon and damselflies
Black tailed skimmer
Common blue damselfly
Willow emerald damselfly
Small red eyed damselfly