Saturday, July 30, 2016

A New Collection Growing. Dragonflies and Damselflies

Bird photography requires one of two things usually.  

Halloween Darner, Katy Mills Reservoir
One is to find a great spot to sit and wait for the birds to come to you.   As you can imagine there is a lot of downtime to fill in this approach.  

Roseate Skimmer,  Matagorda County Bird and Nature Center
It's a lot of sitting and waiting and hoping for opportunities.

Seaside Dragonlet, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Two is to wander trails and fields which are usually filled with plenty of other wildlife to keep  things interesting on days when the birds are not as cooperative.

Smoky Ruby-spot Damselfly, Matagorda County Bird and Nature Center
On those days I have found more and more that my sim card is filling up with photos of dragonflies and damselflies.

Eastern Pondhawk,  Matagorda County Bird and Nature Center
They can be a lot fun watch, but identifying them when you get home can be a bear.  I may need a book.

Common Pondhawk, San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
But until I get a book I sure am thankful for the internet.

Four-spotted Pennant,  Hornsby Bend Water Treatment Plant
Blue Dasher, Brazos Bend State Park
And sometimes even the internet isn't enough.  Here are a couple I'm still working on.

Matagorda County Bird and Nature Center
Katy Mills Reservoir