Thursday 7 December 2023

2023 Review

Another year seems to have nearly passed by in the blink of an eye so I thought I would look back through some of my shots this year and post a few favourites. A good year for me seeing a number of species including over 400 Willow Emerald Damselfly seen at Nethergong, 70 Norfolk Hawker seen in the Stour Valley, c15 Lesser Emperor Dragonfly seen in west Kent, 5 Golden ringed Dragonfly at a small stream in west Kent and nice to see the Dainty Damselfly holding its own at a few sites in Kent. Add to this a good  range of other dragonflies and damselflies seen and looking back, it wasn't a bad year at all. As ever, I could post quite a few images but I have selected the following either on the composition of the shot, the challenge of capturing the photo or simply the experience of seeing the species. 

Banded Demoiselle - male

Beautiful Demoiselle - male

Dainty Damselfly - male

Golden ringed Dragonfly - male

Hairy Dragonfly - male

Norfolk Hawker - mating pair

Norfolk Hawker - male

Scarce Emerald Damselfly - immature female

Southern Emerald Damselfly - female

Willow Emerald Damselfly - female

I will be running a few dragonfly trips next year through 'Naturetrek' in Kent which I have successfully done over the past couple of years. Please click on the links below to view more information about them:  and


  1. With the exception of GRD, none of the other Odonata are 'available' for me in the north. No intention to patronise Marc, but the images are quality as is always the case. Can't wait for early spring to come around, bet you can't either....I'm green as ever with all this Marc.

    Best Regards....Pete.

    1. Many thanks Pete for your kind words. Can't wait for some warmer weather. Hopefully a few dipping sessions in the new year to kick start my season off. Take care.

  2. A wonderful set of images, Marc - you clearly had a very good year!

    I missed out on my Willow Emerald fix this year, with just a brief sighting of one individual and no photos. I have yet to see Dainty Damselfly and both Scarce and Southern Emeralds. I shall try and do better next year - fingers are crossed for a good summer.

    Best wishes - - - Richard

  3. Fabulous photo's Marc, thankyou for the show. Take care. Mike

  4. Many thanks for your kind words Richard. All the best for 2024 and I hope our paths cross at some point in the near future. Take care.

  5. Excellent images!
    Greetings Lasse (sellberg nature photo)

  6. Absolutely stunning pictures Marc.

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