Eventually managed to see 5 males in three of the favoured territories along Three Oak Hills Drive, including a chasing duo just north of The Column. It was hard work and they didn't kick off until nearly 2pm. None looked to be on their last wings and I reckon there must be a good week left in the flight season here.
Here's a classic Savernake male, 'high on his lofty seat...' -
And here's more of the beginnings of the 2017 Purple Emperor season -
'In my end is my beginning...'