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The friendliest Male Keeled Skimmer

 
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Jul 27, 2008 15:17 |  #1

A good day for damsels and dragons at Thursley today :D :D :D

First pics up are the Keeled Skimmer, but I got some lovely Black Darters, some gorgeous Emerald damsels, Small Red damsels, and a couple of others - will post them up as I do them. The larger DFs where thin on the ground, although there were a couple of Brown Hawkers and Emperors which I couldnt get near, but a really good day.

I met the friendliest Keeled Skimmer ever. After sitting on my sun hat for several minutes, he fluttered around me and then settled down on the boards near me and let me take a whole sequence of shots getting closer and closer until I couldnt get any closer.

No cropping on any of these pics - taken with 100mm macro plus 580 EX flash with Stofen Omnibounce diffuser.

full body shot first

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moving in
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I took more than this of the sequence, so this is just 3 of them.

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Jul 27, 2008 15:36 |  #2

lucky you Linda. very nice shots of it too. i got a few the other day too. will post them soon enough.

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Jul 27, 2008 15:42 |  #3

Bill Pham wrote in post #5994636 (external link)
lucky you Linda. very nice shots of it too. i got a few the other day too. will post them soon enough.

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Thanks Bill :D Yes, I had a really good day at that reserve today and will be posting a few more yet - I went home with a smile on my face :D

Looking forward to seeing your pics Bill, hurry up and post them.

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Jul 27, 2008 17:11 |  #4

Great shots Linda.

I love the boardwalks at Thursley as you can often get quite close to the dragons that settle on them. When I was there a couple of weeks ago saw quite a few of these and black darters. Didnt see any Emeralds unfortunately (have yet to ever see these), and the bigger ones werent making much of an appearance. Have posted a couple of Black Darter pictures in a new thread.

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Jul 27, 2008 17:23 |  #5

red_fan wrote in post #5995095 (external link)
Great shots Linda.

I love the boardwalks at Thursley as you can often get quite close to the dragons that settle on them. When I was there a couple of weeks ago saw quite a few of these and black darters. Didnt see any Emeralds unfortunately (have yet to ever see these), and the bigger ones werent making much of an appearance. Have posted a couple of Black Darter pictures in a new thread.

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Thanks Stephen, yes it was a good day there today. I have got some Black Darter pics but yet to do them.

The Emerald Damsels were on the first platform on the right at the start of the boardwalks, you cant miss them. Thats where I got the Keeled Skimmer, we then sat on the edge of the platform and I got the Emerald and Small Red Damsel pics - will link these tomorrow but if you want a preview, there are already in my galery as I have just finished doing them. The Small Red shots arent brilliant as they are so difficult to get right with their colour and if the lighting is inconsistent as it was today.
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Jul 27, 2008 20:55 as a reply to  @ LindaB's post |  #6

Nice shots, Linda. Especially like the last one :)


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Jul 27, 2008 22:06 |  #7

Really beautiful pics Linda!!


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Jul 28, 2008 00:43 |  #8

Lovely series Linda


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Jul 28, 2008 06:50 |  #9

orionmystery wrote in post #5996271 (external link)
Nice shots, Linda. Especially like the last one

thanks :D

Photogirl2007 wrote in post #5996750 (external link)
Really beautiful pics Linda!!

thanks Joan

LordV wrote in post #5997701 (external link)
Lovely series Linda

Thanks Brian.

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Jul 28, 2008 12:13 |  #10

Hi Linda great shots.
I love the colours of these we dont get them in North wales yet but I did see them when I went down south
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Jul 28, 2008 12:48 |  #11

Super shots Linda. Glad you have had more luck than me. They seem very spars this year.


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Jul 28, 2008 13:15 |  #12

Great shots Linda. that last one has some good details. good working getting in there so close. every now and then i find one that fears me not, usually in the morning.


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Jul 28, 2008 14:59 |  #13

where is the best place to park - where I went there were only a couple of tiny stagnant ponds?


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Jul 28, 2008 16:58 |  #14

lcpete wrote in post #6000348 (external link)
Hi Linda great shots.
I love the colours of these we dont get them in North wales yet but I did see them when I went down south
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Thanks Pete. Yes, they are usually in good numbers around our area but often quite difficult to get close to, thats why I was amazed at this one - and truly honoured of course lol.

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Super shots Linda. Glad you have had more luck than me. They seem very spars this year.

Thanks Brian. Yes, very low in numbers for most people but from what I have seen so far this year, they are coming in phases, and noticeably different types all at once.

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Great shots Linda. that last one has some good details. good working getting in there so close. every now and then i find one that fears me not, usually in the morning.

Thanks - yes, you have to close in very carefully lol.

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where is the best place to park - where I went there were only a couple of tiny stagnant ponds?

Toby - we always go to the main car park which is by the main pond/lake where there are a few ducks. As you walk from the car along the short footpath and face the pond, walk to the left - if you actually walk around the edges just there first in the bits you can get to, there are often some good DFs. Walk round that curve and bear leftwards and you will see the boardwalk. Walk along that and there are the bogs either side. A few yards on the right after first starting on the boardwalk there is a plantform, stand on there and you will see the Keeled Skimmers, Emerald and Small Red damsels, often Common Darters but not many on Sunday at the moment. Then continue to walk along those boards very slowly and look either side very carefully along what looks like the ditch parts as this is where the Black Darters are, they are all along that boardwalk right up to where the larger boggy pond is on the left. If you havent seen Black Darters before, they are very very small, smaller than the Common Darter.

I cant think of the name of the car park and the road that its on at the mo but will look it up for you - its dead easy to find. Dont be put off by the boggy ponds and ditches, there are lots of things going on there. Also lots of different birds too.

Let me know if thats not clear.

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Jul 29, 2008 01:49 |  #15

Great series Linda-it's so nice when the DF's cooperate, isn't it?


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