With good directions Belinda and I arrived at the mostly dried up pingo they are favouring and immediately saw a single male in flight. In the next little while we had many sightings (including 6 in the air together at one point) and were lucky enough to get some nice perched views too. One even sat still to enable a phone shot from 6 inches away! We also had 2 others on nearby pingoes but they may have been some of the same individuals. All were males.
On a walk around the common afterwards we saw Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Emperor Dragonfly, loads of Ruddy Darters, Emerald Damselflies, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Brimstone and Speckled Wood as well as one new plant for me - Fine-leaved Water-dropwort, a local speciality with a liking for pingoes that seasonally dry up. A single lingering spotted orchid could have been either Common Spotted or Heath Spotted Orchid or even a hybrid of the two!
A pair of Chinese Water Deer flushed from a wet pingo was somewhat of a surprise!
Southern Migrant Hawkers
Southern Hawker (imm fem)
Chinese Water Deer
Heath or Common Spotted Orchid (or poss hybrid)