Photographing Libellula fulva

This Saturday I drove by one of my favorite dragonfly locations close to the small town Old Rye which is the habitat of several relatively rare dragonfly species like Gomphus vulgatissimus and Libellula fulva.

It was a warm, sunny and windless day, so perfect conditions for photographing dragonflies and it did not take long before I spotted the first Libellula fulva. There were numerous of them resting in the vegetation, taking off regularly to catch insects. Almost all of them immature specimens in vivid orange with the characteristic black stripe down the length of the abdomen.

They are pretty easy scared off but then often perch again on the same branch or one nearby, so I managed to get several good shots which have been added to the photo gallery.