I have always wanted to see banded demoiselles close up and after only brief encounters in the past I finally caught up with some yesterday.

Having been tipped off with a location along the banks of the river derwent I headed there yesterday.

I arrived at around mid-day and was surprised that the first bird of the day was a barn owl! Also bullfinch, kingfisher and whitethroat all in the immediate vicinity.

As soon as I started looking I found a banded demoiselle a male that posed nicely before doing a disappearing act and over the next 3 hours there were at least 10 probably more all within 20m of the car.

It seemed as though the beautiful demoiselles were more confined to the banks of the river, that was almost impossible to get near.

Quite pleased with the macro lens.

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