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Found this particular specimen on the edge of our pool. In the following days after the spotting, I saw several more near the house. We did not see these last year, or any previous year near the pool, or near the house.
The full body shot of the insect was taken as it walked along the edge of the pool. The featured headshot, I felt, gave the impression of some sort of attitude or personality. It also shows detail of the rostrum, which is used for feeding, and in some species, ejecting a spray of venom if provoked.
Even though I suggested the Great Black-backed Gull, I tend to agree with the speculation in your notes that it is the Lesser. After posting, I noticed that the legs were still not right to be the Greater.
Great spotting, in any case! :^)