With rain most of the morning I had a brief window of opportunity this afternoon to get to Dowrog Common. It took me ages to find the right spot and even then I should have tried the second parking area first. No matter as I walked down the lane to the Common itself this Fox was trotting up. There was a brief stand-off while I got my camera out of my bag and fired off a couple of shots. The stand-off lasted a short while longer but as I tried to close the distance he was off. Getting such a close encounter with our urban Foxes country cousins is pretty rare.
Bouyed by this I carried on down the lane as a superb Golden-ringed Dragonfly shot past, stopped to check me out and then fly off – bugger. Not to be out done though this Hairy Dragonfly was patrolling his beat a bit further down the lane. This time a bit of patience and he did settle – what a cracking insect.
On the bog itself I did find a few more Hairies as well as Small Red Damselfly, Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, Southern Damselfly and this Large Red Damselfly.
Trying to get any photos of the others was nigh on impossible without sinking, being alone this wasn’t something I wanted to risk. I moved onto the second parking space in Dudley & Mackay’s book. This area looks better but by now the weather was closing in again. I did flush a female Beautiful Demoiselle though but the light was too poor do do a photo justice.
Tomorrow is forecast to be a better day!