The weather this year has been really bad so far , hardly any dragons or damsels around. the common Clubtail dragonflies should be emerging now, so a quick trip down to Aldford near Chester on the river dee is a good place to see them. i always think they are an ugly dragonfly , with broad eyes and head! lol
any how , i arrive in Aldford and make my way down to the river, here is the bridge over the river.
It is fairly bright with sun and a slight breeze but still quite cold as i start walking along the path from the bridge. the first field is always a good spot to find Banded Demoiselles and straight away i find 2 or 3 males perched up! but they are very flighty and are proving a bit tricky to get near, also the bright conditions make shooting good exposures on these dark mettalic species a nightmare!!!! but! i manage this shot :)
Plenty of flowers along the path , but strangly very few insects around!
I continue down the river looking for clubtails but not a sign of any, quite a few damsels around but not being very obliging lol. managed to shoot this female banded demoiselle :) but look at her dented eye!!!
i have just found this female nursery web spider with her egg sac , tried my best to get a good image!
but failed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! arghhhhh
Getting near the end of the stretch and still no clubtails!! but found a few more banded Demoiselles
Then a freshly emerged Damselfly , time to get the mpe-65 macro lens out for a portrait on my
finger :) wonderfull subjects to photograph :D
A quick shot of a cat feeding on nettle, probably smll tort
Making my way back now, given up on seeing any clubtails when suddenly i spot one perched up! 3 quick frames and it was gone!!!!!!!!
The end of a short trip, a few shots taken but not the numbers i was expecting. really do need warmer weather!!