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Dragonfly and Damselfly Pics 2016

Migrant Hawker Migrant Hawker, Shellingford Pit, Oxon.

29 August 2016

This is a crop of the image below, showing a good level of sharpness with my new EF 100-400 II Canon zoom lens.
Migrant Hawker Migrant Hawker, Shellingford Pit, Oxon.

29 August 2016

Good to see fair numbers of this species at this site, despite the continuing decline in the already very low water level.
Common Darter Common Darter, Shellingford Pit, Oxon.

29 August 2016

Resting on a convenient stem.
Small Red eyed Damselfly Small Red eyed Damselfly, Shellingford Pit, Oxon

6 August 2016

Very good to find this species, which is a specialty of this site, for the eleventh year in a row.

This photo was not easy to secure and may have been considerably more trouble than it was worth.
Emperor Emperor, Tar Lakes, nr Witney, Oxon.

6 August 2016

At least two females were present today - the other one was at the opposite end of the lake and very battered.
Southern Migrant Hawker, Wat Tyler CP, Essex Southern Migrant Hawker, Wat Tyler CP, Essex

31 July 2016

A return visit following our previous trip here in August 2015. This time we managed to connect with adult males.
Southern Migrant Hawker Wat Tyler Southern Migrant Hawker, Wat Tyler CP, Essex

31 July 2016

Flight shots were difficult - they weren't hovering as well as in previous years apparently.
Southern Migrant Hawker Southern Migrant Hawker, Wat Tyler CP, Essex

31 July 2016

Another flight shot - this time against the sky which made auto focus much easier at the expense of poorer lighting.
Southern Migrant Hawker Wat Tyler Southern Migrant Hawker, Wat Tyler CP, Essex

31 July 2016

A presumably copulating pair - although the female looks very similar to the male.
  Southern Migrant Hawker, Wat Tyler CP, Essex

31 July 2016

The view from above. 
Southern Migrant Hawker Southern Migrant Hawker, Wat Tyler CP, Essex

31 July 2016

A slightly different view.
Brilliant Emerald Brilliant Emerald, Esher Common, Surrey

19 July 2016

In the small bay in the south west corner of Black Pond. Not easy though!

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Black Darter Black Darter, Esher Common, Surrey

19 July 2016

On a small pool to the east of Black Pond. Very warm out in the sun today! 
Black Darter Black Darter, Esher Common, Surrey

19 July 2016

A female near to the same small pool as the male above.
Emperor Emperor, Shellingford Pit, Oxon

16 July 2016

Assisted by a wind that was slowly it down briefly!
Small Red Damselfly Cothill Fen Small Red Damselfly, Cothill Fen, Oxon

16 July 2016

This shot took a fair amount of patience to secure - it wasn't easy to get one of these tiny damsels in a location without too much background clutter, especially in the windy conditions today.  
Keeled Skimmer Cothill Fen Keeled Skimmer, Cothill Fen, Oxon

16 July 2016

At last some warmish conditions and even a bit of sun!
Golden Ringed Dragonfly Golden Ringed Dragonfly, Threestoneburn, Cheviots, Northumberland

8 July 2016

We came across this splendid dragonfly when out on a longish walk in the Cheviots. The conditions at the time were cool and overcast and I could get right up close with the Song RX100 on its widest angle setting.
Azure Damselfly Azure Damselfly, Otmoor, Oxon

18 June 2016

Consuming an aphid! With the continuing mediocre weather only Azures and the odd darter sp were showing today.

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Large Red Damselfly Large Red Damselfly, Otmoor, Oxon

11 June 2016

I liked the the water droplets on this leaf which make for a somewhat different photo of this common species.
Downy Emerald Downy Emerald, Barton Pool, nr Abingdon, Oxon

28 May 2016

This individual was moving too fast for me to take flight shots of it, but most surprisingly it briefly settled right beside me just once!

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Banded Demoiselle Banded Demoiselle, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

28 May 2016

Just one Club-tail exuvia under the bridge today but no sign of anything alive!

Nearby there were a good number of Banded Demoiselles though.
Banded Demoiselle Banded Demoiselle, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

28 May 2016

A head on close up with the 180mm macro.
Banded Demoiselle Banded Demoiselle, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

28 May 2016

A female
Large Red Damselfly Large Red Damselfly, Little Whittenham, Oxon

8 May 2016

Taken at the end of an abortive walk looking for the Golden Oriole which was only heard at dawn I later learnt!

The conditions for this shot were far from ideal with considerable wind movement.
All pictures copyright Stephen Burch

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