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Dragonfly and Damselfly Photos 2020

  White-legged Damselfly, Culham Lock, Oxon

30 May 2020

Out for a causal Saturday afternoon stroll, we spotted a small group of these White-legged Damselflies just by the Thames path, west of the lock.

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  Clubtail, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

28 May 2020

As well as the Clubtail emerging below, there was this bonus close into the river bank in Little Meadow just upstream from the bridge.

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  Clubtail, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

28 May 2020

Another successful visit! On arrival at about 11:15, I found 10 spent exuviae on the wall, but with no sign of activity. Returning about an hour later, I found this one just starting to emerge! 

In this focus stacked image it had fully extended its wings and abdomen, and was shortly to take its maiden flight.

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Clubtail, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

28 May 2020

This is animation sequence showing its emergence from this stage onwards.

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  Banded Demoiselle, nr Duxford Ford, Oxon

25 May 2020

A pleasant circular bank holiday walk taking in the stretch of the Thames between Shifford Lock and Tenfoot Bridge.

Other species seen include 2+ of each of Hairy Dragonfly and Emperor

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  Downy Emerald, Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon

20 May 2020

This was being relatively obliging from time to time, coming remarkably (too) close at times!

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  Clubtail, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

14 May 2020

A successful return visit! On arrival at about 11:00, I found one had just emerged and on the wall. It shortly flew off. I then spotted another one just emerging and concentrated on that one, to get this sequence of 3 photos.

In this one, it has emerged but its wings are still compressed.

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Clubtail, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

14 May 2020

In this focus stacked image, the wings are beginning to straighten.

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Clubtail, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

14 May 2020

In this focus stacked image the wings are now straight and fortunately this one didn't have any deformities, unlike the unfortunate emergent below. It shortly flew off strongly over to the top of a willow on the far side of the river in Berks (VC22)!

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  Clubtail, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

6 May 2020

This individual emerged with a deformed wing as it had become entangled in a spiders web. It then needed rescuing from the river when it attempted to make its first flight. I fear it was most unlikely to survive.

Thanks to Ian Lewington for his heads up on this one.

This is a focus stacked image.

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Clubtail, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

6 May 2020

A crop of the shot above.

This is a focus stacked image.

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Clubtail, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

6 May 2020

The one above, a bit earlier, just after it had emerged.

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Clubtail, Goring Railway Bridge, Oxon

6 May 2020

After seeing the one above, I spotted another Clubtail close by on the same wall which looked like it was just about to emerge. Unfortunately it then stayed in exactly the same state for as long as I could wait. I do hope it eventually summoned the energy to make it out.

But potentially 0/2 in terms of emergent survival, I'm afraid.

This is a focus stacked image.

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  Azure Damselfly, Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon

2 May 2020

In the same pool in Barton Fields as the one below. This  has a deformed abdomen and appears to have difficulty in emerging.

My first attempt at focus stacking this season. It was low down which helped minimise any wind movement.

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  Large Red Damselfly, Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon

23 April 2020

On one of the pools in Barton Fields. Many thanks to Martin Wackenier for telling me about these promising pools - I'd not known they were there until now!

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