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Damsels in the park

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by alanhill, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. I went to the park on Sunday afternoon (Moses Gate Country Park in Bolton). I was looking for orchids and dragonflies: but I only saw one distant dragon and my orchid shots were lousy. However the damselflies were working well. A pair of large reds (Pyrrhosoma nymphula):-

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/7.1    1/160s    ISO 100

    I was surprised to find a few banded demoiselles (Calopteryx splendens) as I have never seen this species so far north before. The males kept their distance, but I was able to get close to a female when the sun went behind a cloud:-

    NIKON D200    ---    60mm    f/5.6    1/40s    ISO 100

    When the sun came out - it was much more difficult to get close, but quite rewarding:-

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/6.3    1/160s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/7.1    1/160s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/8.0    1/125s    ISO 100

    NIKON D200    ---    300mm    f/9.0    1/100s    ISO 100

    The second shot was taken with D200 & 60mm Micro Nikkor, all others with 300mm f/4 Nikkor on a monopod.

    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 21, 2007
  2. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Very good:>))))
  3. Great series, Alan!

    Demoiselles are often very funny to watch, especially when there´re a bunch of males chaising one female. Must be very stressfull living :smile:
  4. Thank you both. I think this may be new colonisation. This little pond had 3 males and 2 females (although there might have been more that I did not see). The males stayed out of camera range, but they stayed quite far apart so I didn't see much action from them - just a few wing flicks.

  5. mdsign


    Jun 14, 2006
    nice! I like the train. and love the colors of the 2nd one.

    cheers, Mark
  6. tojor


    Jul 27, 2005
    Excellent series. Beautiful damsels.
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