This is a photograph of what I’m fairly sure is a Common Darter dragonfly (Sympetrum striolatum). It’s sometimes quite difficult to identify dragonflies and damselflies but according to british-dragonflies.org.uk the best way to identify this species is by the yellow stripe along the black legs which other photographs I took appear to show. It is a Summer and Autumn species and can be found as late as November.
It looked beautiful in the morning sun and although it darted to and fro whilst I attempted to take some photographs, it was pretty tolerant of my efforts. They are wonderful creatures and I was so pleased to be able to photograph this one – the first time I’ve been successful!