One shot of Red-eye, please!!

Having recently been tipped off to the discovery of a new damselfly for Cheshire, Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly, and seeing it succesfully over in the east of the county I never expected another damselfly discovery so soon. But, I got an email to say that there was a new site for a damselfly only known from one site in Cheshire, only discovered two years ago, namely Small Red-eyed Damselfly. This new site had been found less than a mile from my house too!! I bobbed down to the R.Weaver and located th pool on which it had been found and started to search. Lots of Large Red-eyed Damselflies were seen flying strongly low over the waters surface. Anything perched was scoped but to no avail. A brief flight view of a probable was had and then lost and I gave up as the clouds rolled over. The next day another try and the same scenario, a possible in flight and then clouds! This wasn't going to be easy!The third day brought more sunshine so down I went again and again got one in flight, but this time it landed on a floating leaf and I was able to scope it to see the subtle differences bettween it and it's slightly larger cousin. Digiscoped shots were rattled off and I'd nailed it, Small Red-eyed Damselfly, local and in the bag!!

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