As mentioned in the last post, I have had many highlights during 2015 and have been lucky on most occasions to be able to get a number of images of the various species I have encountered. I am lucky to have a site for Red veined Darter close to home and a look during summer and early autumn revealed some newly emerged individuals with provided me with a few photo opportunities before they hopefully flew south to migrate.
Red veined Darter (male)
The Willow Emerald Damselfly continues to do well in Kent and appears to be slowly spreading in eastern England but I wonder how many have been photographed in the wild emerging? I spent a few sessions at a site where I was able to witness this still nationally rare damselfly emerging from the water and managed to capture the damselfly with the exuviae.
'Newly Emerged' Willow Emerald Damselfly
After my success last year of finding a single female Scarce Emerald Damselfly at a site near Reculver, c40 miles from the known site in Kent, I was really pleased to find a few males this year and spent some time trying to capture a decent image which eventually I think I managed whilst another early morning session provided another pleasing 'dewy' shot of a Common Blue Damselfly. I just love being out early in these conditions looking for these early morning sun opportunity shots.
Scarce Emerald Damselfly (male)
Common Blue Damselfly at Sunrise
Although common, one of my best shots this year was of a male Banded Demoiselle which I photographed at Westbere Lakes on a cloudy day. Knowing they wouldn't be flying, I found a resting male and using in camera flash, ended up with a nice clean image.
Banded Demoiselle (male)
Add to this, Norfolk Hawkers, my best Four spotted Chaser shot this year and a posing Black Darter at Thursley Common and I think I can happily say that I have had a good year with the camera on the odonata front and hope that I can continue to build on this in 2016.
Four spotted Chaser
Black Darter (male)
Norfolk Hawker (male)
'Dewy' Common Darter
Although not the last post of the year, I would just like to thank all the people that have taken the time to look at my photos and make a comment, whether a one off comment or a regular reader, they are all very much appreciated. Its this kind of support that encourages me to go out time and time again to enjoy photographing dragonflies and damselflies and trying to bring the very best images to show you on the site. Thank you all very much!