Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Aerial Assassins at Nangara

(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 Common 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.



  1. Well captured - they're a challenge to catch and capture!

  2. They are all beautiful. I'm only starting to learn dragonfly/damselflies species- quite tricky I finding. Impressed with your knowledge- looks like a great spot.

  3. Thanks HW and JG,
    They are indeed beautiful creatures and absolutely engrossing.
    Judith - plenty of websites out there, ( esp: http://photos.rnr.id.au/dragonflies.html), and I did get the damselfly wrong, (Wandering Ringtail, not a Common Bluetail).