This Four-spotted Chaser was a garden year-tick today. When I arrived it was busy seeing off a female Broad-bodied Chaser, which did not return. It then spent the rest of the afternoon (until it was overshadowed by the Ash tree) around the pond, posing very nicely on the Yellow Flag.
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I spent 11am-1pm in the garden, watching for Painted Ladies to log for the Butterfly Conservation survey. It seems that the butterfly boat has been missed - I only saw 10 in those two hours.
There was an unexpected benefit, however: a male Banded Demoiselle skipped past south as I was finishing the count! Where did that come from? The nearest habitat must be a good 10 km away...
photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM