The Keeled Skimmer is one of the more common species of Dragonfly to be found in the New Forest. This image shows an immature female with their beautiful metallic gold colouring. They’re relatively easy to identify. But the males can be trickier. They are pale blue and are very similar to the also common Broad-Bodied Chaser.
I’m told the best method of telling them apart is to that, when they land, male Skimmers tend to point their wings forward at quite an acute angle where as Chasers keep theirs more to the side. Certainly in my local patch of the Forest the Skimmers are a very common sight in high summer.