Dragonflies from Dunyeats Heath

I took a visit to a local pond and heathland at Dunyeats Heath, to scout out how the dragonflies were doing prior to taking some people there on a trip.

The day was hot and sunny – so ideal to see how many were about.  I spotted several species there ( as is normally the case ), and as well as some photographs I took the opportunity to  some video in 4k too.  These images should be classified more as close ups as they were mostly taken on 300mm and 100-400mm lenses due to the Dragonflies being so active in the heat.

First the photographs.

On the approach – this Migrant hawker was spotted in the gorse.

Migrant Hawker
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (300mm, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO400)
Migrant Hawker

And this photo – whilst not the best – shows a female chaser depositing eggs on the fly.

Female broad-bodied chaser laying eggs
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (300mm, f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO400)
Female broad-bodied chaser laying eggs

This Four-spotted Chaser was very co-operative and features prominently in the video.

Four-spotted chaser
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (400mm, f/11, 1/320 sec, ISO400)
Four-spotted chaser
Four-spotted chaser (2)
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (400mm, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO400)
Four-spotted chaser (2)

And lastly some shots of some Keeled Skimmers

Keeled Skimmer basking in sun
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (300mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec, ISO400)
Keeled Skimmer basking in sun
Keeled Skimmer
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (400mm, f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO400)
Keeled Skimmer
Mating Keeled Skimmers
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (300mm, f/11, 1/500 sec, ISO400)
Mating Keeled Skimmers
Male Keeled Skimmer
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (100mm, f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO400)
Male Keeled Skimmer

And finally the video.

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