Orange Dragonflies.

Dragonfly on North Pond.

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22nd August 2011: The tall grass has turned the colour of straw and is dying back. Leaves are falling rapidly from most of the trees, particularly quickly from the willows. I can see fox tracks again. The muntjac deer tracks and their beds are now clearly visible, too. Gaps have appeared in the walls of Himalayan Balsam stalks, allowing a better view down the River Stour. Honey bees are frantically gathering the last of the nectar from the remaining balsam flowers. At last, I can see the marsh animals again.

Dragonfly on North Pond.

I saw two muntjac deer disappear into the wood alongside the corridor to the tenant farmer’s field. A kingfisher worked a section of the River Stour, immediately above the north weir. Unfortunately, the photographs I took of this beautiful bird were, to be blunt, rubbish! Buzzards circled overhead. Herons flew in and out of the heronry. I was caught off guard by a heron flying up from amongst the reeds in the North Pond and, yet again I marvelled at how good the heron’s camouflage is when it stands motionless in a pond.

At around midday the temperature soared and dragonflies appeared over North Pond.

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9 Comments on “Orange Dragonflies.

  1. Hi Mike,

    I enjoy reading your blog. I can’t see why you think your kingfisher photos are rubbish. I think they are decent photos.


  2. Hello Mike. I just came across your blog and I must say it is most interesting.

    I like your “down to earth” writing style and I think your photographs are excellent. I look forward to further posts from you, particularly with winter coming up. I am really interested in how the marsh and it’s animals adapt to the changing seasons.

  3. Excellent images of orange dragonflies. Can you tell me what lens you used?

    • Hello, The Bog Potter,

      Thanks for your comment. I used a Sigma 100 – 500mm 1:5 – 6.3 lens, hand held, to capture the orange dragonfly images. The dragonflies were in the middle of the North Pond.

  4. Hi Mike, a great post on the rapidly changing season! Impossible to think that is the 1st September tomorrow, what happened to! I believe your ‘Orange Dragonfly’ is a Common Darter, though no doubt you knew! Amazing creatures to watch and great when you get such good images as yours to study them further. Himalayan Balsam will be doing us all a favour when it dies back and opens up the areas it has blocked from view for most of the summer!

    Enjoy Autumn!

    • Thanks, Pam.

      My hands were cold when out in Hoo wood with my welsh cocker, Spike, this morning. It’s a lovely morning, though; the sun is shining and the sky is clear. Most of the Himalayan Balsam has disappeared from the wood and the undergrowth is rapidly thinning out. I have just arrived back from holiday and have not been on the marsh for more than a week. I can see from Hoo Wood that the marsh is turning brown.

      I am glad you like my photographs and that you use them to explore the insect detail.

      I am eager to she the changes that will occur on the marsh over the next few weeks.


  5. Love the shot of the grasshopper in this post. Your orange dragonflies are similar to my reddish/orange ones I’ve photographed. I wonder if they are the same. Could be, as the sunlight is much brighter here in Aust. and I do think it changes the colours of photos (& the landscape). I’ll see if I can find some decent dragonfly shots I took last year to include in a post on my own blog..

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