On arrival a quick scan revealed a perched up male in decent view but quite distant. I manoeuvred around and got him from a few angles but none close enough to do him justice.
|First sight - Broad-bodied Chaser male|
|A better angle - the pale colouring at the base of the |
abdomen indicates he isn't yet fully mature.
|Creeping around - just before his first rival arrived|
So for the next hour and a half I sat frustrated as one dogfight was quickly followed by another, two males would zoom away in combat and another would take their place and so it continued. Females eventually arrived, the first ovipositing quite near, but as I adjusted the settings on the camera one of the males zoomed in and had her away, cack!
This also happened with the second female which appeared shortly afterwards but a third managed to avoid detection long enough for me to get a few snaps of her as she pogoed on the water's surface.
|Broad-bodied Chaser - ovipositing female|
|Not the most flattering angle as she dips into the water|
|Great colours on one of my favourite dragonflies|
|Blue-tailed damselfly in close-up|
|Looks like a male but is the typica form female|
|Azure damselflies ovipositing in tandem|
|Not a great photo but shows the difference between a green form and blue form female|
|This feller just liked his own company|
I'll hopefully have a trip to Stargate next week (weather permitting) which has traditionally been the best site for photographing the chasers (and I'll try not to drop my camera in the pond this time). One thing's for sure; they certainly lived up to their name today :-/