by Ian Bushell
Yesterday afternoon, at the bottom set-side in Village Green, I was chatting with an old chap who, as a boy had played in these fields, when I saw a pair of dragonflies flying by.
The pair both settled on the low wooden rail and I managed to get a quick shot of the male: a Common Darter. There was more movement over the tall grass and I realised there were more dragonflies. In the end, I had counted three pairs of Common Darters, all resting on the rail and sunning themselves.
I was surprised to see so many together in October. But it seems that Common Darters, if conditions allow them to bask in the sunlight frequently enough, can go on flying till quite late on the year, even towards December.
All images by Ian Bushell