After finishing work tonight I made a visit to Westbere Lakes and hoped that as the sun was shining and the wind had dropped there would be quite a bit of Dragonfly and Damselfly activity. I had only just arrived when I saw a few Dragonflies on the wing and so headed their way. I was soon watching the first of 5 Scarce Chaser seen today and so got the camera out for some action. As I pressed the shutter button nothing happened. I tried again but nothing happened. I looked at all the settings and they looked good so once again I tried but only when I pressed it very hard did a shot go off. What a bloody nightmare. Iv'e only had the camera a few weeks and it looks likely that it will have to go into repair for some while. Having just paid out for it, I can't see me having it for a while unless it can be repaired at a reasonable price. Bring back the 500d, that never let me down! After having a moan to myself I worked out that I could get a few shots although a number come out blurred due to me pressing the shutter button quite hard and the camera moving.
However there were a good number of Dragonflies seen with a nice immature male Broad bodied Chaser which posed nicely as they do, 3 Hairy Dragonfly, 1 freshly emerged Black tailed Skimmer, 20+ Banded Demoiselle were near the river and lots of Variable and Azure Damselflies lined the pathways with lesser numbers of Red eyed Damselflies.
Broad bodied Chaser
A Grass Snake was seen swimming across the water and 2 Marsh Harrier passed over. As I returned back to the entrance I spent a while fighting with the camera to try and get a few more Scarce Chaser shots as the light was showing them off nicely. It looks like the old Nikon Coolpix 7600 will be called out of retirement in the next few sessions. I just hope whatever I photograph does not mind me getting too close for the odd shot, we shall wait and see!