Saturday, May 23, 2009

Riverside

Scarce Chaser

Scarce Chaser
Scarce Chasers

Banded Demoiselle

Banded Demoiselles
Banded Demoiselles

Hairy Dragonflies mating
Hairy Dragonflies mating

Swan and cygnets
Mute Swan with nine cygnets!

Went back to Roxton today, in search of Scarce Chasers. I had rather grand plans to walk further south along the river, but in the end we walked about a mile in total!
It was very successful, however; the total number of Scarce Chasers seen was 45! All were orange (i.e. no mature males, which are bluish); females are supposed to have more black on their wingtips but I'm not sure how reliable that is.
We also bumped into a few Hairy Dragonflies, including two mating, plus Azure, Common Blue, Blue-tailed and Red-eyed Damselflies, and loads of Banded Demoiselles. And a family of Mute Swans with nine cygnets, which seemed a lot (BTO BirdFacts says 4-7 eggs, but 12 have been recorded).
photos taken with Canon EOS 30D, EF 300mm f/4L IS USM