Avid readers of this blog, if there are any ;) may remember that last June Rob and I made a trip to the stretch of the River Thames between Pangbourne and Goring in search of Common Clubtail, a localised dragonfly species. We failed to see any, probably because we'd left it too late. So this year I have been checking this web page since about March (well, you can't be too careful) for sightings of the species, and yesterday the first report appeared. As luck would have it, today was pretty sunny too, and Rob was up for the trip, so we went there in the afternoon.
It is a very small dragon, its body barely longer than the demoiselles, but it has that powerhouse thorax, and the distinctive club-tail, all decked out in eye-catching yellow and black. Its eyes had a strange milky cast, which I think is a sign that it is very freshly emerged.