Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Unexpected Finally Happens

The forecast was for bright sunshine today but although the sun did appear on a number of occasions it remained quite cloudy for most of the day. I decided after work to drive over to Reculver to once again see what dragonflies I could find and photograph. There appears to only be a handful of Common Blue damselflies on the wing now but Migrant Hawker numbers still remain quite good when the weather conditions are right. I have seen a few photos in the last few months of damselflies taken hiding behind stems with both of their eyes sticking out either side. It certainly looks quite spectacular and I have always been on the look out for this opportunity. I arrived at Reculver where it was mostly cloudy with occasional sun and set about trying to find a few dragonflies. I soon saw 3 Migrant Hawker flying around and a scan of the grasses revealed 7 Common Blue damselflies. I took a few shots as ever and moved on to see what I could find. As I scanned the grass I saw a single Common Blue damselfly moving slowly up a thin stem. Could this be my chance. I got on to my hands and knees and luckily got a good angle on the damselfly which gave the view I have been looking for. I spent the next 30 minutes on my belly taking a number of shots as it slowly moved up the stem and thankfully the sun made an appearance making for a few pleasing images. As it warmed up it flew off eventually leaving me with with a fantastic experience and another load of shots in the bag. I had not expected much tonight with quite a strong breeze and cloud but it certainly turned out to be a good and worthwhile visit.


22 comments:

  1. Never seen anything like these in my life before. You can be very proud of them Marc, congratulations on such a success with macro photography.

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  2. Marc, stunning shots, never seen the like.

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  3. The eyes are fabulous and so surreal!!!

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  4. Wow, those are unbelievable, Marc! Truly fantastic shots! Like the others said, I've never seen photos like them.

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  5. Marc ,
    Really cracking macro shots .
    Worthy competition winners .

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  6. Really like those shots mate, excellent work!!

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  7. Fantastic shots Marc

    A reward for the many hours you put in

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  8. Uffffff... marvelous!!!!
    Espectacular shots!!!

    Hugs and love from Brasil.

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  9. Your perception should be rewarded by someone, somewhere. Get them entered somewhere, anywhere. Have been doing macro myself for six months or so and these will spur me on.

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  10. You are an artist, the pictures are superb, cheers Marc.

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  11. Thank you all for the comments. These are pretty special photos to me and show that if you keep at it you normally get your opportunity to get those shots.

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  12. Marc.I can only echo what has been said above...these are absolutely unique and brilliant shots. Definite prizewinners..well done

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  13. Absolutely brilliant Marc. You should start a competition for the best caption to accompany the pics.

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  14. Great macro shots, really impressive!

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  15. Hola Marc fantasticas imagenes.Un saludo.

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  16. Amazing shots - what a thrill it must have been to get them - and well deserved too! I agree - get them out there and seen!

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  17. You're probably bored with hearing the same comments every time, even in Spanish(!), but they are very good, Mark. One of my jobs is as a magazine designer so I'm always on the look out for great photos - just not in birding unfortunately! The top one of the two is the best one. I reckon it's one of your best of the year - composition is everything when the picture quality is great.

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  18. Absolutely love these shots!!! Truly amazing!

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  19. Great shots!
    The kind I love, though they make one squint!
    Amazing sharpness too!
    congrats!

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