Thursley dragonflies

Visited Thursley Common national nature reserve on the last Sunday of August, an excellent site for dragonflies. It was good weather conditions, a sunny slightly breezy day, with the occasional passing cloud blocking the sun, so lots of sightings of darters and hawkers. These are the best shots from the day.

A pair of mating Common Darters (Sympetrum striolatum) and one face on.

Pair of mating Common Darters
Pair of mating Common Darters
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DLSR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6

Common Darter face on
Common Darter face on
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DLSR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6.

Continuing the theme of darters, both the male and female Black Darter (Sympetrum danae).

The Male

Male Black Darter
Male Black Darter
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DLSR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6. Image cropped

The Female

Female Black Darter
Female Black Darter
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DLSR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F4.

Female Black Darter (2)
Female Black Darter (2)
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DLSR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6.

The mating Black Darters appeared to remain together, hovering over the water, to lay the eggs. This is the best shot I managed, though not easy to view even after heavily cropping.

Pair of mating Black Darters
Pair of mating Black Darters
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DLSR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6. Image cropped

The last type of dragonfly photographed was this Golden-ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii).

Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Olympus OM-D EM-5 DLSR & Zuiko Olympus 90mm Macro F2 lens at F5.6.

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Pete

I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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