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.
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 species of dragonfly and damselfly:
Common Blue Damselfly
So I’m declaring this week Dragonfly Week, and I’ll start off with this magnificent female Broad-bodied Chaser.
We went out at the weekend looking for dragonflies. Found a few but got distracted by orchids 😉
The black-tailed skimmers were probably my favourite spot. The long lens proved its worth for skittish dragons. Here’s Mrs Black-Tailed Skimmer: