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Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Brogborough's Native Life


Apologies to All Readers,

Currently, 'New Blogger' seems to be broken, and despite my several attempts to tidy up the presentation, I have just had to leave the latest entries, despite their obviously poor presentation. If there are any bloggers reading my blog who have worked out how to surmount the issues, I would be most grateful for the help.

No wind on this lake means no windsurfers, so on the offchance, I wondered what lesser life might be on the margins. The short answer was 'not a lot', but I needed a challenge, so I set myself the task of finding dragonflies, and did find one specimen that stayed in a hover for longer than most, and managed a few frames whilst it stayed at the outer reaches of the reeds. The camera I was using once again was the Lumix, and though I would have to crop, due to the distance involved, I knew it was feasible to get reasonable quality, even though the sun was hiding behind clouds.

Surprisingly, I caught sight of only one damselfly, so having spotted one dragonfly, I thought it unlikely I would find several dragonflies, but I was wrong; they proved to be more prevalent, I did see probably half a dozen, and they stayed at the outer bounds of the reeds, and often the first one I spotted would be 'buzzed' by another in a flurry of avoidance activity lasting a few seconds before hovering activity resumed.

I do not have specific knowledge to know whether this is male to male disruptive behaviour or male to female chancing, but either way, it was not likely activity that I was likely to capture in stills — I was searching for hovering activity as a challenge, or static shots, or egg-laying dips just below the surface by the reeds. I found it unusual that on a warm day I should be seeing more dragonflies than damselflies.

I spotted a few bees, but their choice of flower heads on this occasion meant their heads were obscured, which meant poor shots, which was a shame as I was able to capture images that had good detail of their 'fur', but not of their proboscis!

I did spot a long-bodied insect with very long legs, but the surrounding plants meant lighting was less than ideal, and overly fussy. Although not the most exciting group of images, once again it does show off the possibilities this unassuming camera is able to capture — it was the LUMIX FZ10002, again!

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