As you have probably noticed I have been off the grid for a few weeks .... partly due to the lack of wildlife photo opportunities last month while I assisted my parents with hospital visits, shopping, gardening etc. so I decided to take an enforced rest from blogging.
To kick things off again I located some shots of a Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) that I took during a wander around Thursley Common at the beginning of last month. The mature males are very distinctive with their tapered blue abdomen.
The females (see above) were less obliging during my visit, tending to hide away, whereas the males boldly perched out in the open
The above image clearly shows the long yellow pterostigma which on a similar species, the Black-tailed Skimmer is much smaller and dark brown/black.
Hope you all have a glorious wildlife watching weekend ... wherever you are. FAB.