Indeed, as we sat at a viewpoint, munching our sandwiches and listening to bird song, a Four-spotted Chaser flew over our heads and a couple of Large Red Damselflies could be seen in the vegetation.
To stretch our legs, we walked to one of the hides, which was down a narrow path which wound through a small valley. Fortuitously, this sheltered warm spot was absolutely chock full of Odonata. We didn't have enough pairs of eyes to follow all the action, but the time flew by as we marvelled at more Four-spotted Chasers, plus Large Red, Northern and Common Blue Damselflies.
|The view from the... er... viewpoint|
|Large Red Damselfly|
|Northerns in cop|
|An immature Common Blue Damselfly|
All too soon the hour was gone and we had to tear ourselves away and continue the journey. Happily, we will be having a week's holiday not too far from here a bit later in the year.
Welcome to Odanata season Mr Tense. Judging by your photos you must have a flippin awesome camera.Regards, Marky Mark.
Oh, Mark, I was in seventh heaven. And when there's an abundance of subject matter, good light and shelter from the breeze, the photography is a bit easier. I use a 300mm prime lens, which will focus down to 1.5m, and this in theory allows me to fill the frame with a dragonfly. That said, the photos here are all cropped from larger images.
Great stuff and I bet you can't wait to get back there soon
Oo, I think we may just pop in again!
I don't think I have ever seen a damselfly in real life. We do have some dragonflies in my area. Do you also have the dragons? Your photos are lovely...
Hi GJ, chances are, if you can see dragonflies, there's probably damselflies in the area too. The damsels are generally smaller (matchstick-sized) so can easily be hidden by a blade of grass!
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