There are two lakes, the first one Cors bodyndd has a huge number of Keeled skimmers - Orthetrum coerulescens.
i wanted to find the dragonflies before it warmed up too much and they start to fly! after an hour of not finding anything i had decided to go over to the other lake , but suddenly i spotted one flying, so i crossed a boggy stream area and found dozens of them warming themselves in the sun in a sheltered clearing!
here is a newly emerged female, beautiful colouration!
Then a male , you can just see the colour changing , a mature adult will be all blue!
I then found a male that has really started turning colour!
Having shot enough of this species for this day i made my way over to the other lake
This is the lake that has a good population of the rare Scarce blue tail damsel. The Most beautiful is the female form "aurantiaca"
Almost immediately i found a couple perching on grass stems , i shot these with 100mm L macro, at f5.6 to get a nice clean background to show off these beautiful damsels!
They really are stunning to see!
Here is a male as a comparison!
and another female aurantiaca
This boggy mountain lake also has a large number of the native round leaved sundew.
There were also plenty of the more common Blue - tail damselflies - ischnura elegans.
The females have at least five distinct colour forms , here is the "rufescens" form
and a "violacea" form
and a male
i suddenly found a female Keeled skimmer,with beautiful lighting!
Then more female scarce blue tails! cant get enough of these!
The end of a fantastic day , i came back to shoot the Keeled skimmers when they had fully coloured up, another blog to write! lol
all shots canon 5d2, 100mm L macro lens.