Archive for the ‘Dragonflies and Damselflies’ Category

(Nearly) Mature Male Epaulet Skimmer 20090528-2

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

(Nearly)-Mature-Male-20090528-2, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

This was one species that took me by surprise. The Epaulet Skimmer’s main habitat is in north Africa, and though known in the Iberian Peninsula, I had no idea they’d be as abundant as they proved to be today. Every time we approached the water they seemed to be there, mostly, like the one pictured here, immature males - though this is so nearly mature it makes little difference.

Mature-male-Scarlet-Darter-20090528

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Mature-male-Scarlet-Darter-20090528, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

There were many different species zipping this way and that and I could only get shots of a few, but this is a particularly striking species …

Male-Goblet-marked-damselfly-20090528

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Male-Goblet-marked-damselfly-20090528, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

I had with me a Dragonfly Specialist, (complete with net and inspection jar), so we had a fun time pottering around identifying the various species. The valley is broad-bottomed and the river meanders this way and that, sometimes between rocky outcrops, sometimes through shaded groves of alder and poplar, sometimes with deep pools, sometimes rustling and rushing over loose rocks, sometimes disappearing altogether only to appear again 50 mts later.