Broad-bodied Chaser (pictured below) was a dragonfly species that benefitted from the wetland creation at Castle Water, it was one of the first species to colonise three small pools and this years cohort has started to emerge this week. The ditch north of the hide continues to be of interest with 83 Four-spotted Chaser emerging this week and 123 Hairy Hawker exuviae have been collected since late April. At least 60 Variable Damselfly were grounded and easy to count in the dull weather today. Downy Emerald emergence appears to have stopped now with a total of 19 exuviae found near the viewpoint, on warm days adults should be seen on the wing untill mid July. A Spoonbill (pictured below) also showed well from the hide perched in the willows amongst the Cormorants and with 5 Little Egret.
Broad-bodied Chaser just about to take its maiden flight.