My latest visit to Banks' Pond gave my best view yet of a female emperor dragonfly (Anax imperator). When I first saw her she was ovipositing on the pondweed out in the middle of the pond. I watched and willed her to come closer but after a few minutes she went off zooming around to catch something to eat. After a few minutes, however, she returned and landed less than 5m away. I was wearing wellies so I could wade into the reeds to get even closer and watch for several minutes.
Several times she was approached by amorous but rather overoptimistic male azure damselflies.
The emperor's season is almost at an end but other dragonflies are only just getting started. I saw my first common hawker of the year. This one is a male. (Correction. It is a rare blue form female. See Alan's comments below.)
There were also lots of new common darters
and the first ruddy darter I have seen this year.
A good find was a male banded demoiselle, the third I have seen here but the first passable photo.
And to finish off a brown hare. Not quite as close as one I saw a year ago to the day but lovely to see.
So, quite a good morning and much more to look forward to as the summer progresses.