Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The 'Autumn' Damselfly

With a few hours available over the weekend which coincided with some sunny weather, I made a visit to Nethergong where I wanted to check out whether the Willow Emerald Damselflies were still on the wing. After arriving, I made my way to the area concerned where on the way, I noted a few Common Darter flying and 2 Migrant Hawker. I started walking along the edge of the stream and checking the bare branches on the trees and I managed to see c10 Willow Emerald Damselflies. I expect that a good search of other areas would produce a few more but I was happy to just spend some time in the sun photographing this damselfly with some nice autumnal leaves.

Willow Emerald Damselfly (male)

Anyone following my stories of the Willow Emerald Damselfly would have read that recently, I found them ovipositing into stinging nettle stems, a potential UK first. I spent some more time over the weekend watching two pairs ovipositing into the nettle stems for up to 45 minutes and had excellent views through the binoculars. I did try for a few more photos which I will post in due coarse but as they are on the far side of the stream, getting detailed shots is quite a challenge but observing what I did, I now an at least convinced that they were indeed ovipositing into the stems and this could well be new behaviour observed. I have also just finished writing an article for 'Atropos' magazine on my observations and more good news came when I received my copy of 'The Journal of the British Dragonfly Society' which had used a number of my photos in the magazine of the Willow Emerald Damselfly as well as the front cover shot. Hopefully this species will continue to expand it range locally and nationally so that others can see see and appreciate this lovely damselfly.

Journal of the British Dragonfly Society

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Kent Dragonflies 2017 Calendars

The calendars have arrived and look good. If you would like to purchase a calendar, please click on the '2017 Calendar' link at the top of the page where you will be directed to Paypal. 

Monday, 3 October 2016

Kent Dragonflies 2017 Calendar

Throughout the course of the year, I have had a number of people commenting to me that I should do more with the photos of dragonflies and damselflies that I have taken in the past few years. One of the ideas suggested to me a number of times was a calendar so with this in mind, I have decided to produce my first calendar which will hopefully showcase some of the photos I have taken of Kent Dragonflies. Below are a few sample photos from this A4 landscape calendar.

I initially have 10 for sale and the price is £12 including postage and packing. If you would like to buy one, you can buy and pay via the '2017 Calendar' link at the top of the page through Paypal. 

Sunday, 25 September 2016

A 'Willow' Weekend

It feels like an age since I was last out looking and photographing dragonflies, what with work being quite busy and other family commitments, I have found it quite a challenge to get out in the fine weather we have been having. Having said that, this weekend along with a few other friends and family, we decided to camp at Nethergong where I hoped I might get the chance to have a wander around with the camera. Saturday dawned with some lovely weather and with some fishing planned with a friend, we were all set up at the lake at 7.30am where we spent about 5 hours catching a good number of Carp between us. As the day warmed up, I started to see a number of Willow Emerald Damselfly flying through our swim, many in tandem where they would land in the reeds. This continued for some time and I probably saw c20 Willow Emerald Damselfly. With the fishing slowing down for a while, I went and got the camera and was soon firing off a number of shots of these little stunners. With some good light for photography, I ended up with some pleasing efforts and it was also nice to share with others about the success story of this damselfly.

Willow Emerald Damselfly (male) 

 Willow Emerald Damselflies (pair in tandem) 

Although I have walked around the lake on numerous occasions, I have not encountered them here before so it was nice to see them in this area. I suspect if I looked through the other swims that I would have seen a similar pattern with them flying around in tandem. Also seen around the lake were quite a few Common Darter and a few Migrant Hawker with one male perching up nicely for a few photos.

Migrant Hawker (male)

Weather permitting, I am hoping to get a few more sessions in before the seasons slowly draws to a close.