An immature scarce chaser (Laura Ward)

Apologies for the grotesque close-up of my face - just focus on the rather nice dragonfly.

It's a scarce chaser - well-named because it's only found in half a dozen or so main areas in south and east England. They're a speciality of the River Ouse near where I live in Cambridgeshire. My girlfriend Laura and me took a walk along a stretch of the river on a rare hot day a few weeks ago (when she took this photo). The chasers were emerging in some numbers, fluttering up uncertainly from the riverside vegetation up onto trees and other lofty places, including me!

If the sun does come out anytime soon, grab the chance with both hands to get down to a wetland near you to enjoy dragonflies. One thing's for sure, they'll be taking full advantage of any chance to enjoy a bit of sun!