Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at http://www.alandalton.net/
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at alandltn@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Four Spotted Chaser(Libellulum quadrimaculata)

The best shot of the day...







Another point blank encounter...




Detail of the inner wing markings....

A small shallow pool with stagnant water and some reed growth was all it was and there were a lot of dragonflies in attendance, all were Four Spotted Chaser(Libellulum quadrimaculata). The first time I have positively identified the species, though no doubt I have come accross them before without knowing what they were. About 20 individuals counted as they duelled in the air above and through the reed. One female was seen ovipositing, guarded fiercely by a male as she did so. In the end I got a few great images of the species, found it was best to wait at a favoured perch and let the insect come to the camera as they were very difficult to stalk, as is often the case with odonata due to their excellent eyesight...




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