A morning at Messingham

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Black-tailed skimmer
I hadn't been to Messingham since before our holiday in Wales and so decided it was time for another dragonfly hunt. We left at 8.00 and arrived not long after 8.30. Roger Hattcliffe and Steve Routledge were already there, in fact Steve had been there since 5.00 am. Another photographer Clare Drewell joined us later in the morning. It was a very pleasant sunny morning although there was a cool breeze. I noticed a big difference in the reserve as the reeds and other vegetation were considerably more grown up, in fact some of the yellow flag irisis had gone over. There seemed to be clouds of common blue/azure and bluetailed damselflies everywhere - like flying blue jewels! Dragonflies were also slightly more plentiful with quite a few four spotted chasers, and a few hairies and some black-tailed skimmers which I had not seen or photographed before. There were also some different butterflies around, mainly wall and meadow browns. All too soon it was time to make a move but it had been a super morning in excellent company.