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Dragonfly Week, Day 2: The Emperor

Emperor Dragonfly
Emperor Dragonfly, Anax imperator. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f9.5 320mm 1/750 ISO 1000

Twenty years ago there were no Emperor Dragonflies here. Now they are a resident breeding species, but they’re also probably the hardest dragonfly to photograph. These miniature fighter planes fly at over 20 mph, constantly change direction and rarely perch. It took me an hour to get these crummy shots. But what a privilege to have a pair of these buzzing past my head.

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Dragonfly Week, Day 1: A Grand Day Out

Broad-bodied Chaser
Broad-bodied Chaser, Libellula depressa. Nikon D5200 Tokina 100mm f11 1/180 ISO 200

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? After several abortive attempts due to adverse weather, we finally hit the jackpot and had a grand day out, recording 11┬áspecies of dragonfly and damselfly:

Azure Damselfly
Black-tailed Skimmer
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Broad-bodied Chaser
Brown Hawker
Common Blue Damselfly
Common Darter
Emperor Dragonfly
Ruddy Darter
Southern Hawker
Variable Damselfly

So I’m declaring this week Dragonfly Week, and I’ll start off with this magnificent female Broad-bodied Chaser.


Black-Tailed Skimmers

Male Black-Tailed Skimmer
Male Black-Tailed Skimmer, Orthetrum cancellatum. Nikon D5200 Tamron 150-600mm f11 600mm 1/500 ISO 400

We went out at the weekend looking for dragonflies. Found a few but got distracted by orchids ­čśë
The black-tailed skimmers were probably my favourite spot. The long lens proved its worth for skittish dragons. Here’s Mrs Black-Tailed Skimmer:

Female Black-tailed Skimmer