But they've been the stars so far at Pond3 this year and with perching sticks in such a favourable position I had to strike lucky sometime.
Yesterday was that sometime :-)
After that initial shot I set myself up closer to the perches and used my monopod, then sat and waited for him to return. I wasn't disappointed :
|Here he comes . . .|
|Gettin! The shot I've been waiting for, face in full view|
|A cracking perfect profile view as well|
|Wasn't shy this feller . . .|
|Every time he flew up he returned at a slightly different angle, like he was|
posing for the camera.
|In fact it looked like he was smiling at me|
|and kept coming back for more|
|'Til eventually he'd had enough and flew off|
for the last time
Superb little session that, for once everything fell into place, light, angle of sun, distance from subject, and a dragonfly which for once wasn't camera shy. Wish it was always like that.
The supporting cast was the four usual species of damselfly, still no other dragons here.
|Blue-tailed damsel showing a nice green-phase thorax|
|Unusually marked s2 on this common blue had me baffled|
for a short time
|Quite a few common blues but still a lack of females|
On the downside I received a painful bite from a Cleg Fly, which thereafter wouldn't leave me alone. I hate these buggers, once they get a taste for you they follow you around and try to catch you unawares. Luckily I always carry some Jungle Formula around with me and once applied it seemed to deter the Cleggy from landing on me, though I was always aware of it buzzing around and it (or its friends) made for an uncomfortable session.
Distant rumbles of thunder had me packing up early, but I wasn't complaining as I was pleased with the afternoon's events (in the main) and got home just before the storm hit. So who had the last laugh? my four-spotted mate judging by the next pic :
|He who laughs last . . . .|
At least I ended with a bit of good luck after almost missing out on two glorious days, onwards and upwards :-)