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Yesterday late afternoon I drove by my favorite dragonfly location at Rands Fjord. The weather was beautiful and I expected to see species like Aeshna cyanea, Aeshna grandis, Aeshna mixta and different members of the Sympetrum genus, which are all common and typical for this time of year.

Trying to photograph a Sympetrum vulgatum perched on a tree trunk, I spotted a rather large metallic green damselfly which looked very much like a Lestes viridis. Getting a closer look I could confirm that it really was a Lestes viridis, so I started looking for more in trees and bushes, and found (and photographed) several specimens both males and females.

It is the first time I have seen this rare species at this location.

The first, and up till now only time I have been able to photograph the Aeshna isoceles goes back a couple of seasons.

It is not an easy dragonfly to get within shooting range of. First of all it is not so common in my area of Denmark. Secondly it flies around hunting for insects for long periods at a time, and does not rest very often. When it finally does it is difficult to get close enough to without scaring it off again.

Only at one occation last season I spotted several Aeshna isoceles at my favorite location at Rands Fjord, but did not manage to shoot any photos. So this season I have been visiting the same location many times, hoping to spot it again.

Then yesterday, I was finally lucky to spot one flying around, circling the same area over and over again. After some time it began to search for spot to land, and did so close to me. I was able to sneak in very close and get some good shots, even though I was at the same time finding myself surrounded by a group of curious cows, just to make things worse.

The photos have been added to the gallery.

The weather here in Denmark is still rather cold and very changeable, so the dragonfly season is a bit delayed compared to last year.
Anyway, I have been out hunting dragonflies several times during the last couple of weeks, most of the times in the area around Rands Fjord, but also with one visit to Uldum Kær.

The first species to emerge was Pyrrhosoma nymphula, but now Coenagrion pulchellum, Cordulia aenea and Brachytron pratense are also starting to appear. At Uldum Kær, Coenagrion pulchellum was numerous with over 100 specimens in a small area.

New photos of all the listed species have been added to the gallery.

After spending several hours walking around in high grass and on marshy ground, I was for the first time able to get close enough to a resting Aeshna juncea to photograph it.

New photos of the species Sympetrum sanguineum, Sympetrum danae and Sympetrum vulgatum have also been added to the gallery.

As the weather is finally getting warmer here in Denmark, the dragonflies are starting to show. Spring and summer have come very late this year.

Unfortunately I started this season by dropping and damaging my macro lens, a very stupid thing to do, and a lot of time was wasted getting it repaired.
Luckily it is now working again, and I have been out testing it the past couple of weeks, photographing dragonflies at several different locations: Rands Fjord, Bredal Kær, Jenskær, Brude Sø and Uldum Kær.

New photos of the following species have been added: Cordulia aenea, Libellula depressa, Erythromma najas, Ischnura elegans, Libellula quadrimaculata, Brachytron pratense and Leucorrhinia rubicunda.

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