Surprise

Our quest was for the Keeled Skimmer. A species that is also increasing in numbers and easier to find in the area where I grew up. So far however, I never managed to see any. Geert had found an article in a newspaper giving the location of a new population. However, when we had a look there, we didn’t find much (apart from the Banded Darter in the previous post and several really big fish). But Geert had another stream in mind.

Walking up and down the Buurserbeek we saw many dragon- and damselflies. The course of the (usually very canalised) stream had been redrawn, so it could meander a little along sandy shores. This created a niche for many new species, amongst which several species of damselfly. On the main stream we found many Banded Demoiselles, always a delight to see these beautiful insects above the water.

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Keeled Skimmer

But no matter how nice the place, we didn’t see any skimmers… Until the last moment. We were already on our way back when Geert had a look in a tiny, dirty ditch next to the main stream. And there he was! On a closer look we even found several males sitting on the leaves on the side of the ditch. So we took our time to get a few pictures, not that easy from the other side of the ditch with a lot of vegetation. But still nice to see a new species of dragonfly again, that had been a while.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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