On the pond there were none at all in fact. Three tandem pairs were seen flying across the fields and no more than 8 or 9 singles of both sexes mainly sunning themselves atop the fence.
I spent some time trying to get the perfect picture of a darter on the fence with Gibside's Column to Liberty in the background. I try this every year but have never managed to get both dragon and column in reasonable focus despite trying every function and setting imaginable. Failing miserably again I decided to use artistic license and Photoshop to try and show what I was aiming for :
|Something like this. Thanks, Photoshop :-)|
I'm actually quite pleased with that, it looks as good as I thought it would if I say so meself, and here are the two photos I combined to get the result :
Another pleasing image was this one I didn't have to errr . . manipulate to make look good. A darter obliged by landing on a strikingly coloured autumn leaf, though at a good height and only briefly, giving me time for only one shot, but it didn't turn out too bad. With a bit more time I would have wanted to get the face of the dragonfly in focus. But not to worry, you can tell what it is.
|Autumn Darter - Landed in a very handy place for this colourful seasonal image|
|The original photo before cropping, an explosion of colour|
This is the darter I was photographing when I spotted the Lichen case-bearing Moth larvae, which came trundling past just behind. As you can see he was enjoying a tasty meal at the time.
Finally a few old females were out basking in the sunshine, their colouring varying from dirty brown/grey to orangey red like a male.
|Discoloured wings and reddish tinge of a female well past her prime|
|Can't say I'm a fan of the perching sticks some photographers climb out through|
the hide windows to install with little regard for others (or the wildlife),
but the 'Kingy' does make for a pleasant picture. Only wish it had been sat atop a reed.