The dragonfly (Southern Hawker) in question is posted below.
SUNDAY 15TH JULY:
Whilst take waste up to the compost bin this morning I had a quick look at the pond and wo and behold there was another Southern Hawker dragonfly standing next to it's exuvia. This one was in for a better day weatherwise that the previous one. I decided to keep a close eye on this one. During my visits it was showing signs of not hanging around for any longer than it had to.
The photo below was taken at 3.22pm.
I was curious as to how long it might be before anything else might occur so a took a seat and waited. I didn't have to wait long, at 3.32pm it opened it's wings.
Now knowing that it had to start pumping fluid into them, and preparing them for it's maiden flight, I decided to take a photo of it from above.
While I was taking this photo I noticed a insect on one of the leaves, now not knowing what it was I took a few pictures of it and checked it out in my book. The only insect that I could come up with is a Summer Chafer.
Nothing happened for a while, so having to go indoors for a short time I had to hope that nothing more had happened just yet. I got back there and it was still there, but I did notice that it was giving it's wings a workout.
I decided to take a few final shots. As I was about to shoot the dragonfly then proceded to wash it's face, well that is what it looked like, or was it playing peek a boo! (see below.)
Then at 5.21pm it had it's final wash and brush up, gave it's wings a good thrashing before leaving the plant, hovering for a fraction of a second then flying off and a rate of knots over our roof and off into the big wide world.
Is that the only species I have got in my pond, or there any different ones? only time will tell. Am I happy with what I have, very much so!