The location where I photographed the Cordulegaster boltonii is also a habitat of the in Denmark relatively rare Orthetrum coerulescens.

There were quite a few of them, especially males each aggressively defending their own little territory. Nothing were holding them back from chasing off the much larger Cordulegaster boltonii.

I also saw a few females, most of them forming mating wheels with males.

New photos have been added to the gallery

It has been several years since I last photographed the large and beautifully colored Cordulegaster boltonii. So, this weekend I decided to take a trip to one of its few habitats here in Denmark. At this location there is  a small stream with clear spring water which is the favored type of habitat of its larvae.

The weather was sunny and warm but quite windy. The stream itself was completely sheltered from the wind by the surrounding vegetation and four to five Cordulegaster boltonii were constantly patrolling the stream and resting in the vegetation. So, perfect conditions for getting some good photos which have now been added to the gallery.

 

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As the weather finally has become warmer (a lot warmer actually) the abundance of dragonflies has also increased rapidly the last weeks.

I have been visiting the location Sebberup several times lately. It consists of several small lakes surrounded by meadow and forest areas. So, a perfect habitat for dragonflies. Especially Orthetrum cancellatum and Libellula quadrimaculata are very abundant at this location. Also the relatively rare Aeshna isoceles is well represented here and the same goes for Anax imperator.

I have almost exclusively been using my Canon EF 100-400mm L II lens because of the extra reach it gives me compared to my Canon EF 100mm L macro lens. It is perfect for photographing especially the larger dragonflies at an appropriate distance that does not scare them off. It has enabled me to get photos of the Aeshna isoceles when perched on vegetation at the lake side which were impossible to reach with a 100mm lens. Only when it comes to true macro close-ups and the small dragonflies and damselflies the 100mm macro is a better choice. The Canon EF 100-400mm L II produces very sharp and detailed photos and its minimum focusing distance of just below one meter is a great benefit.

New photos of Orthetrum cancellatum, Libellula quadrimaculata, Aeshna isoceles, Anax imperator and Libellula depressa have been added to the gallery.

The dragonfly season of 2021 started very late here in Denmark due to low temperatures and really bad spring weather. But better late than never I had the first few encounters with Pyrrhosoma nymphula, Cordulia aenea and Brachytron pratense this year on one of the last days of May. Nice to be out there with the camera in the sun again.

New photos have been added to the gallery.

Around three days after my first visit to Sebberup this year, I went by there again to see if more dragonflies had emerged.
This time there were a lot more Pyrrhosoma nymphula and Cordulia aenea. I also spotted a few Coenagrion pulchellum.
Especially Cordulia aenea seems to be very abundant this year.
More photos have been added to the gallery.

April has been really warm and sunny this year, so I have just been waiting for the first dragonflies to emerge. I was out looking once in late April but without any success.

Went out again today to an area called Sebberup with several smaller lakes. In a sunny spot sheltered from the wind I came across two of the most common early species Pyrrhosoma nymphula and Cordulia aenea. A few new photos have been added to the gallery.

Shortly after my first ever encounter with Sympetrum fonscolombii, I drove to another lake close to where I live.
Here I spotted several small red dragonflies clearly looking like Sympetrum but behaving differently than I am used to. They were very shy and moved around a lot, making it really difficult to get close to them. I mounted my new 100-400 mm lens to my camera, and was then able to get within shooting distance. Looking at the photos in the camera it became clear that it was indeed male Sympetrum fonscolombii. What a success!
It required some hard work, but I managed to get several good photos which have been added to the gallery. This is certainly not an easy dragonfly to photograph.

It does not happen often that I get to photograph a new dragonfly species, but this year the Sympetrum fonscolombii has been relatively abundant. This is probably due to a larger migration from the south. It is normally a rare species here in Denmark.
I managed to photograph a single female at one of my local locations. It is a small and rather shy dragonfly that is not easy to get close to. Now I just need to find a male specimen that is not camera shy.

This year the first half of May has been a lot colder than usual, but despite this the first damselflies started to show end April and beginning May.

I have been out with the camera a couple of times now, visiting the nearby location Randalparken. At my first visit I only spotted a few Pyrrhosoma nymphula and Coenagrion pulchellum, but at the second visit, around a week later, several Libellula depressa had emerged together with a few Cordulia aenea. A few new photos have been added to the gallery.