My first Odonata this year

Jan 24, 2006
Greater Manchester, England
On Sunday I visited the River Dee south of Chester, where some uncommon dragonflies and damselflies are found. I've never been dragonfly hunting in this area at this time of year before, so this was my first club-tailed dragonfly (Gomphus vulgatissimus). Not the greatest photo, but I'm pleased I got it.

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I knew I was in the right place at the right time (for a change) when I met the County Dragonfly Recorder leading a party from the British Dragonfly Society. We saw several hairy dragonflies, but they weren't in the mood for posing.

I did get some shots of a commoner species, the banded demoiselle (Callopteryx splendens) which I think is one of the most beautiful of all insects.

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Strictly speaking, these are not macro shots since I took them with my 300mm f/4 AF-S Nikkor and D200. I think the lens passed the test quite well, although it might do even better with an extension tube to get a little closer. I posted the shots in this Forum because I always think that insect photos belong here - I hope this does not offend.

Jul 13, 2005
Helsinki, Finland
Nice shots, Alan!

I´m really waiting for G. vulgatissimus as well as two other Gomphidae to appear here, as they are my favourite dragons. Maybe couple of weeks to wait...

I agree C. splendens beeing one the most beautiful insects as well as C. virgo. I really love to watch them flying...

Yep, 300 f4 af-s works great with odonata and butterfly shooting. I use it a lot with Nikon 1.7x tc. I have tubes but haven´t used them with the lens...

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