Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Saturday 1 June 2019

Unexpected visitor

So there I was; sitting at the desk in my new study (man cave) just perusing the BBC news pages and checking the weather. The desk is strategically positioned to allow me a clear view down the garden via a large window and a glass panelled door. I don't know what made me look, but all of a sudden there was a bright blue damselfly flying around some Ivy which grows up the patio railings, right outside my door! Thankfully, my camera kit was sitting on the desk, right next to my laptop and I was quickly able to grab a macro lens and step outside. The insect behaved wonderfully, in the superb sunshine, posing for a series of images which, in turn, have allowed me to id it as an adult male Azure Damselfly.

It's a very common species around the Kent marshes, but this is the first time I'd recorded it in our back garden. A very pleasant encounter, purely by chance - right place, right time, I guess?


  1. Lovely things and I've never seen them outside of the countryside, either, Dylan. Lovely to think we can get them nearer to town. I'm growing increasingly amazed at what species are starting to pop up in town...

    1. Gazza,

      They've probably been overlooked in our effort to spend time away from home. Now none of that stuff matters anymore (an age thing?) more time is available to see the wildlife that shares the familiar surroundings that we call home.
      Speak soon - we need to have a chat about the coming season out on the flatlands. - Dyl

  2. Excellent encounter Dyl. It just takes little moments like this to put a smile on our face.

    1. Marc,
      I was thinking of you as clicked away merrily in the sunshine. And yes, it did make me smile.
      We're over on the Wantsum again next Saturday, might see you there? - Dyl

  3. Beautiful little things Damselflies, love to see them flitting around.