Went hunting Dragons and Damsels at Blackmoor Bridge this afternoon and was pleased to find a Wood Sandpiper on the muddy margin, plus three Green Sandpipers, a Dunlin and a Ringed Plover – all at some considerable distance. Record shot from about 140 metres:

Wood Sandpiper, record shot from 140 metres
Wood Sandpiper, record shot from 140 metres

The only Dragons seen were Brown Hawkers which I find the most difficult to photograph (meaning I’ve never managed it – including this trip). However there were good numbers of Damsels about, although the windy conditions made it difficult to track them down:

Variable Bluet male
Variable Bluet male
Common Bluetail Damsel Male
Common Bluetail Damsel Male
Emerald Damsel male
Emerald Damsel male
Emerald Damsel Female
Emerald Damsel Female
Emerald Damsel female - close up.
Emerald Damsel female – close up.
Common Bluet female
Common Bluet female
Small Copper
Small Copper
Brown Argus
Brown Argus
Small Skipper
Small Skipper

All with Olympus E-M5 plus 60mm macro except the male Emerald which was with the 75-300mm and the Sandpiper with the Canon 400mm f5.6 and 1.4x converter (Manual focus).

David