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Damselfly and Dragonfly pictures 2005

Migrant Hawker, Torrent de Pareis, Majorca

28 October 2005

While having a picnic lunch in this spectacular spot, this dragonfly suddenly landed on my grey tee shirt, in a dozy condition! It stayed put, as it was cool (probably thought I was a rock!), and then allowed itself to be positioned on nearby rushes. Very convenient for macro photography (note quality comparison with digiscope shot below)

Migrant Hawker, Torrent de Pareis, Majorca

28 October 2005

See above

Migrant Hawker, Torrent de Pareis, Majorca

28 October 2005

See above. Note a hint of the spectacular surroundings in the right hand pic.

Migrant Hawker, Farlington Marshes, Hants

16 August 2005

A digiscope shot at some distance, in less than easy conditions, but reasonably sharp nonetheless. Suffers in comparison with the 4 pics above, though!

Emperor Dragonfly, Harwell International Business Centre, Oxon

21 July 2005

See below for comment

Emperor Dragonfly, Harwell International Business Centre, Oxon

21 July 2005

The larger dragonflies are almost my 'holy grail' at present - very difficult to get pics of, as they are never still. An exception was this female ovipositing which required a digiscope shot.

Red Eyed Damselfly, Harwell International Business Centre, Oxon

18 July 2005

Cloudy, almost cool conditions for a change!

Thanks to Peter Pool for pointing out that this was not Blue-tailed...

Red Eyed Damselfly, Harwell International Business Centre, Oxon

14 July 2005

Getting close to these is usually impossible - they like the vegetation out in the water. So this is a digiscope shot!

Black Tailed Skimmer, Harwell International Business Centre, Oxon

14 July 2005

Normally I find this species very wary, but this one allowed a close approach in the hot conditions.

Southern Damselfly, Central Oxon

9 July 2005

A successful damselfly twitch for this one!

White-legged Damselfly, Goring, Oxon

18 June 2005

A hot day for a change! No sign of Club-tailed Dragonfly here for the second year running, but this was some compensation.

Broad Bodied Chaser, Greenham Common, Berks

12 June 2005

This is a digiscope shot - these were too wary to allow close enough approach for the usual 'macro' dragonfly shots. This was a surprisingly good site, with also Small Red Damselfly and Emperor.

Large Red Damselfly, Otmoor, Oxon

7 May 2005

Pretty well the only compensation from a distinctly unmemorable visit to Otmoor in cool, windy conditions. No idea why this decided to put in an early appearance!

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