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Monday, 22 June 2009

First Emperor 22-6-09

A late start today waiting to see what the weather was going to do , eventually got out but soon after it clouded over and started to rain everything disappeared including the first Emperor of the year tried to get some flight shots without much success, so I just waited the rain out, getting soaked the things I do to get a photo, eventually the sun came out now it was red hot and me with a wet fleece on ,anyway back comes the Emperor it chased after another Dragon which was ovipositing by dipping and flicking it looked large and I thought Four Spot Chaser but not confirmed not sure if they lay like this it was gone in a flash, Emperor eventually settled but some way off , and later it seemed to fly away but settled in the vegetation giving me time to eventually get some shots which only took me 2 hours to achieve.

Azure Damselflies coupled

Ah !!!! Bistort ( amphibious) with Large Red Damselflies coupled and laying

Very difficult to get in flight , more just to confirm I.D.

eventually it lands usually just for a second or two.

Settled here for some time

Some damage to the lower wing


Birding about Northumberland said...

Love the photo's excellent close up shots

Stewart said...

Good photos of the Emperor Brian. You are right about the 4 spots, they do lay by tapping their abdomens in the water...

Northumbrian Birding said...

M. Thanks, Dragonflies do make for great photographs, if you can get close enough.
S. My book does not mention the laying action,I hope this is going be a good year for Dragonflies.