Sunday, 14 September 2014

Fun in the Sun!

I had planned to go out this morning but after waking up and listening to the strong wind outside, I did something I don't normally do, stayed in bed and went back to sleep. I woke up a few hours later and later during the day I went through some more photos from the past few sessions. A few weeks ago I had a few sessions where I tried to capture a Common Blue Damselfly roosting with the sun coming up in the background. With some planning and positioning I ended up with some of my favorite shots I have taken this year. I have posted a few more below of these memorable sessions.

Male Common Blue Damselfly

During last weekend it was nice to see a few Emperor Dragonfly still on the wing. One looked like it was nearing the end of its season and bared the scars of a tough season, its wings ripped quite badly but hopefully its mission has been accomplished.

Male Emperor Dragonfly

I suppose from here on in it will be photos of Common Darter, Migrant Hawker and Willow Emerald Damselflies. I probably won't get out this week, work getting in the way as usual but hopefully the weather will hold to the weekend for me to get out for some photography in the sun.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Hunting Hawkers!

I have not really managed to get out at all this week due to work but a session this morning at Reculver with Chidders was not as productive as we hoped for. In 3 hours of walking the cliffs, checking bushes and looking out to sea, we barely had many birds at all. Best we could manage were 3 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 6 Kestrel, 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret and a few waders. With this in mind about 10am and back to the car I popped in to a site at Reculver where I had 30 minutes looking for dragonflies. The sun was trying its best to come out but there were still good numbers of Migrant Hawker flying along with a few Common Blue Damselfly and Common Darter. During last weekend I took a good number of shots of the Migrant Hawkers along with 1 Southern and 1 Brown Hawker, the latter being a scarce species for Reculver. It was also nice to see a few Emperor Dragonfly at a site nearby, one male in particularly good condition which I photographed as it rested eating a bee. I shall post these in due course. Hopefully out in the morning somewhere, lets hope a few migrants can be found including a few scarce or rare ones, preferably near where I am looking!

Mating Migrant Hawkers 

Male Migrant Hawker

Male Migrant Hawker having a 'Poop'

Male Southern Hawker

Male Brown Hawker

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Some More 'In Flighters'

A look through some more shots taken at the weekend indeed revealed a number of pleasing images of Migrant Hawkers in flight. Thankfully this individual was quite loyal to an area and I was able to get a number of shots at it posed closely nearby. This species is probably the easiest to get in flight as they often hover for long periods of time, allowing the photographer to get on to the dragonfly and quickly focus and rattle off a number of shots. While I am pleased with these efforts I am sure I will be out on the next sunny convenient day after more flight shots.

Male Migrant Hawker

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The 'Migrant' Flight Shot Challenge

Its been a struggle the past few days what with work etc to get on the computer and get some photos done from the past few sessions. With the dragonfly season starting to slow down I have found myself taking lots of photos of Migrant Hawkers. I have set myself a few flight challenges with this species as often they can show well in flight. During last weekend at Reculver I found a few individuals and set about getting a few shots of them. I took hundreds of them in flight and have posted a few pleasing shots below, I am still to even look through lots of them so no doubt there will be more and hopefully better shots of them to come.

Male Migrant Hawker

Whilst photographing one I noticed a mating pair fly in and land and where straight away buzzed by a Willow Emerald Damselfly. The damselfly was adamant that he wanted his perch and tried to land on the Migrant Hawkers. He tried a few times only to be shaken off but eventually he landed on the wing of the Hawker providing a great photo opportunity. He sat there quite happily watching the Hawkers mating until they had enough of being watched during this intimate time and flew off to have time alone.

Mating Migrant Hawkers with Willow Emerald Damselfly

I ended up seeing 17 Willow Emerald Damselfly and good numbers of Migrant Hawker, in fact they were everywhere. I also saw a male Brown Hawker which posed high up for a photo and a few Common Blue Damselfly as well as a few Common Darter. I have also seen up to 3 Emperor Dragonfly still on the wing and photos of these along with Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker, Migrant Hawker flight shots and Willow Emerald Damselflies will be posted in the next few weeks when photos get a little hard to find and take as the species end their flight season.

 Male Migrant Hawker