Broad-Bodied Chaser(Libellula Depressa)

One of the earlier Dragonflies to emerge,and normally one of the commonest….It has a characteristic broad flat body,

This is a spectacular Dragonfly,with the male being blue and the female gold.If you catch the female at the right angle she’ll seem to shimmer in the sun,Often this Dragonfly can be approachable if care is taken,but then some will take flight at the slightest movement

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female

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Emerald Damselfly(Lestes Sponsa)

One of the larger Damselflies,though not the strongest flier.it is the only Damselfly that perches with its wings open,hence its other name ‘Common Spreadwing’..Its most numerous in July and August

Its not the commonest species seen at Brandon but it is well established,normally seen next to the sheep field,this female I discovered half way along the tip area though

I’d dropped into Brandon for an hour after work,and this was my reward for doing so,which was a huge bonus.another was seen next to the River Avon but not by me

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Imagine if you will,that you found a small pond,no more than a puddle…And it was home to a swarm of Emerald Damselflies…Well i did just that

The pond

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An Introduction

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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

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the tip area

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the 9 species