Dunyeat Dragons

Dunyeats Hill nature reserve is a great location at this time of year for photographing dragonflies (warm sunny weather dependent). The best spot to find them is the pond on the opposite side of Gravel Hill road to Arrowsmith road, though they are to be found all around the reserve.

This time I photographed them using my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera & EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens, so close-up shots rather than macro. There are several different varities of dragonfly present right now, and here are some of them.

Four-spotted Chasers (Libellula quadrimaculata)

Dazzling Dragonfly
Dazzling Dragonfly
Four spots on blue
Four spots on blue
Proud
Proud
Four-spotted Chaser profile
Four-spotted Chaser profile

 

Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum)

Male Black-tailed Skimmer
Male Black-tailed Skimmer

 

Keeled Skimmers (Orthetrum coerulescens)

Mating Keeled Skimmers
Mating Keeled Skimmers
Mating Keeled Skimmers (2)
Mating Keeled Skimmers (2)
Mating Keeled Skimmers (3)
Mating Keeled Skimmers (3)

 

Male Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa)

Male Broad-bodied Chaser
Male Broad-bodied Chaser

 

Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

Female Emperor Dragonfly egg laying
Female Emperor Dragonfly egg laying

 

The last dragonfly is this Male Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) dragonfly. Not a specially great shot, just kept for record purposes.

Migrant Hawker dragonfly
Migrant Hawker dragonfly

 

There are also lots and lots damselflies, though I only took one shot of a Male Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sponsa) this time.

Male Emerald Damselfly
Male Emerald Damselfly

Pete

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

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