By: Arjen Drost

May 01 2009

Category: Dragonflies, the Netherlands

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Focal Length:180mm
Shutter:1/160 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 40D


A Small Bluetail resting.



During the past weeks I heard many records of dragonflies and saw several really nice pictures. The weather was great, with sunshine and high temperatures. Only one problem for me, if I wasn’t working I had to pack all my stuff in many boxes because I’ve just bought a new apartment. With now all my things moved to the new place (it’s getting beautiful), I have some time again to go out.

Yesterday I spent the whole day in the Lauwersmeer. I saw several dragonflies, but they were too quick to be ID’d. So today I left the boxes unpacked again and had a look somewhat closer to home. During the last two years there have been Small Bluetails in an area in the city of Groningen, so I wanted to see if they were still around. And then, finally, there I saw my first real dragonflies of the season. Several Small Bluetails (both males like the one in the picture as orange coloured females), some Common Bluetails and a Broad-bodied Chaser.
Hopefully the weather stays like this for a while and do I manage to find some more time to go out. This was a good start at least.

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