I was on stakeout over consecutive nights, filming for the National Trust and, on one of the nights, with the BBC's One Show. Prior to that, I had been monitoring the pond for several days and keeping an obsessive eye on the weather to try and predict when the hatch would occur. Happily, I got it right and we saw and filmed some truly tremendous dragonfly action.
|Newly emerged Emperor Dragonfly|
|Tyntesfield's walled garden pond, possibly the centre of the universe.|
|An underwater eye on the action.|
|Temperature chart, peaking perfectly for night-time dragonfly hatching.|
|Emerging Emperor Dragonfly, resting while the legs harden.|
|"Sticky", fell off his Iris into the pond, was relocated to a stick to dry off and departed successfully.|
|A Broad-bodied Chaser exuvia (empty larval case) - head end only, from a nearby pond.|