An Introduction

For a while I’d been thinking about a site of my own,but did nothing about it.that was until I was speaking to a colleague Mr Hassan Haybe,who gave me alot of encouragement and ideas.

For a while now I’ve been taking wildlife pictures,but developed an interest in dragonflies and damselflies..My main area to visit is a nature reserve near Coventry called ‘Brandon Marsh’.Its a site that can boast 9 different species of Dragonfly and numerous Damselflies.
My intent of all this is not a scientific study but a brief description and a few pictures,all of which will be taken by me..I also dont want it to turn into a ‘how to do it’ type of thing,because each Dragonfly is an individual in each given circumstance,be it the weather,species or time of day.I want it to be more of a ‘how i do it’ type of thing,mainly because we’re all different and use different equipment in different locations

People often tell me that I must be patient or have a good camera,well patience doesn’t really come into it in that if someone puts theirselves in a position to photograph something where that something exists they have a chance(No point in trying to take football pictures at a cricket match)….And where i dont exactly use a point and shoot the equipment actually plays less of a role than people might think,the important thing is knowing a little about the subject.

Ian Harris

The Dragonfly species…Emperor,Brown Hawker,Southern Hawker,Migrant Hawker,Broad Bodied Chaser,Black Tailed Skimmer,4 Spotted Chaser,Common Darter,Ruddy Darter

The Damselflies so far include..Common Blue,Azure,Large Red,Blue Tailed,Emerald,Red Eyed,Banded Damoiselle

***as spring arrives this will be changing,an ongoing thing if you like…watch this space***


the river avon wildflower meadow



the tip area


the 9 species


4 thoughts on “An Introduction

  1. Ian, though I am not an entomologist, I enjoy the mysterious world of insects, but in a serendipitous way: if they are there, in my field of view, I try to pay attention; if not, I happily accept that they invisibly play an important role in our ecosystem. Your pictures are magnificent. I commend your efforts to bring these graceful insects to a wider audience.

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