(Now, I reckon I might need some help with the IDs here. Happy to take any correspondence that might confirm or correct my conclusions – and I thought fungi were tough to name correctly!)
A recent early morning sortie into Nangara proved to be more worthwhile for the odonata rather than the avifauna. There are a couple of small dams within the reserve, remnants of from when the locality was a working rock quarry. Both water bodies are quite undisturbed and practically surrounded by semi mature woodland habitat, perfect for the presence of damsels and dragons.
|The top dam.|
|Top ode habitat.|
I’m only able to photograph these beasties when they land briefly, which some do quite often, and when they do they frequently return to the same perch and it is just a matter of waiting. Early morning is a good time, as they often warm up before beginning their busy day.
|Black-faced Percher warming up.|
|Female Black-faced Percher - possibly!|
|In tandem after mating. The female dips her tail below the surface and deposits her eggs in the water.|
|Blue Skimmer with that powdery blue colouration due to a substance exuded by the dragonfly.|
|Probably a Yellow-striped Hunter. Almost on its own. Kept flying in and disturbing the others.|
And this rather poor image of a
Bluetail, Wandering Ringtail, (thanks DF), Damselfly shows two of the major differences between most Damselflies
and most Dragonflies …
|Closed wings, eyes wide apart, fore-wings and hind-wings generally the same size and shape.|