This beautiful dragonfly was taken by my dad at the weekend but we can't ID it!
Sorry but you're all so good I'm surpised psychic identification isn't one of your abilities! Should be on now! Thanks, Claire
The reason it was difficult to id this dragonfly was that it is 'teneral,' in other words, it has just emerged and has not matured into its full colouration. You can tell it is teneral also by the shiny, glassy appearance of the wings.
It is also harder to id an 'over-mature' dragonfly when its radiant colours start to fade and it takes on a beaten up appearance after mating, being wing nipped by birds and general wear and tear.