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This page contains a small selection of dragonfly photographs, mostly taken in my native Oxfordshire, UK. I start with a local speciality - the Club-tailed Dragonfly.

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The Club-tailed Dragonfly (Gomphus vulgatissimus) breeds in slow flowing waters of a few Southern rivers, notably on the Thames, where this photo was taken at Cholsey Marsh. The adult is one of the earliest dragonflies to emerge in the season.

May 2008

Nikon D70 with Tamron 90mm Macro lens, 1/125s, f/11

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Coupling in Club-tailed Dragonflies is rarely observed. This pair were fairly high in a tree close to the River Thames near Goring. It can be seen that the broad 'clubtail' sits between the widely separated eyes, when in this position.

June 2006

Nikon D70 with 70 - 300G lens, 1/750s, f/5.6

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The Emperor (Anax Imperator) is a large hawker dragonfly with a vigorous flight and aggressive behaviour. The sky-blue abdomen of the male lacks the spots seen in most other hawkers. Photographed in Whitecross Green Wood, Oxfordshire.

July 2006

Nikon D70 with 70 - 300G lens, 1/350s, f/9.5

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This Emperor Dragonfly has taken a Silver-Washed Fritillary butterfly as prey, in Bentley Wood, near Salisbury.

July 2003

Pentax MZ5n with Sigma 70 - 300APO lens

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The Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) is very similar to the Common and Southern Hawkers. The broad yellow triangle on segment 2 (just behind the hind wing attachment points) is a distinguishing field mark, seen here on this specimen on Otmoor, Oxfordshire.

September 2005

Nikon D70 with 70 - 300G lens, 1/500s, f/5.6

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Head of a Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta)

August 2012

Nikon D300s with 300f4 lens + 1.4x TC, 1/500s, f/8

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The Southern Hawker (Aeshna cyanea) has broad yellow ante-humeral stripes (forward of the wings) and a narrow yellow triangle on segment 2. It flies well into the Autumn. This example was photographed at the Pinkhill reserve, Farmoor, Oxfordhire.

August 2008

Nikon D70 with 70 - 300VR lens, 1/125s, f/9.5

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Photographing dragonflies in flight remains a challenge, even with the benefits of modern technology. This Southern Hawker was photographed at the Bix reserve of the Berks, Bucks, and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT).

August 2006

Nikon D70 with 18 - 70 lens, 1/90s, f/4.5

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Another in-flight shot, this time of a Migrant Hawker at Pinkhill reserve, Farmoor, Oxfordshire.

August 2008

Nikon D70 with 70 - 300VR lens, 1/2000s, f/5.6

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The Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis) is a large dragonfly, easily recognised in flight by its amber-coloured wings. This female, photographed in my own garden, shows her yellow-tinted eyes.

June 2007

Canon Powershot A630, 1/160s, f/4

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