Dragons and Lizards

Took a second visit to Thursley, after gaining some information on where to go from some kind people on UKDragonflies.com forum, and going round the boardwalks made a big difference.  Arriving around mid-day the boardwalks were full of lizards bathing on them, which allowed me to get up close to a few of them.  Here’s my best lizard shots from the visit, including an animation.

Common Lizard on Boardwalk- Pano CropCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/6.3, 1/1250 sec, ISO400)
Common Lizard on Boardwalk- Pano Crop

Common Lizard on Boardwalk- Pano Crop.  Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F6.3 1/1250 Natural Light.

Common Lizard Dance Animation on Boardwalk- (Cropped).
Common Lizard Dance Animation on Boardwalk- (Cropped).

Common Lizard Dance Animation on Boardwalk- (Cropped). Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F5.6 1/1600 Natural Light.

My main target in going to Thursley though, was to see some Dragon and Damselflies, and hopefully get some shots of them.  This visit was much better on this front than the last time, with lots of black & common darters around the boardwalks, I also saw some male keeled skimmers, several damselflies.  The best shots of these follow, with my personal favourites being the immature male black darter shots due to the pose and colours around the heather.

Immature Male Black Darter on HeatherCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec, ISO400)
Immature Male Black Darter on Heather

Immature Male Black Darter on Heather. Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F4 1/1000 Natural Light.

Immature Male Black Darter on Heather - Head on (Cropped)Canon EOS 50D (100mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO400)
Immature Male Black Darter on Heather - Head on (Cropped)

Immature Male Black Darter on Heather – Head on (Cropped). Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F5.6 1/250 Natural Light.

Another black darter on a stick.

Black DarterCanon EOS 50D (100mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO400)
Black Darter

Black Darter. Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F5.6 1/80 Natural Light.

And finally an Emerald Damselfly

Emerald Damselfly.Canon EOS 50D (100mm, f/4, 1/800 sec, ISO400)
Emerald Damselfly.

Emerald Damselfly. Taken on Canon 50D with Canon 100mm F2.8 USM Macro Lens.  ISO 400 F4 1/800 Natural Light.

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Chris

I've been taking macro photography from 2004. I use both Canon film and digital cameras.

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