Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April and the dragons are out in force

This Julia skimmer flew off in front of me on the bank of the nile and flew out on to one of the reeds in the river bed to far to get a decent shot .I stood still for a few minutes and it came to rest again where it originaly flew from it posed nicelly for a few shots then off it went into the river again.

Lots of the scarlet about today to many so I just took the ones who let me get with 5ft.
same with the damsels also the sun was low and as usual they stayed in front of the sun

This is a head down shot in one of the dried canals

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Damsels and butterflies

This tiny damsel is taken from the next photo see if you can find it without enlarging the photo?

Damselfly, Dragonflies

Thursday, April 15, 2010

April Nile Dragons and damsels

I went down to the area known as banana island what used to be my favorite place to watch the birds and wild life. gone are the reed beds , in by this corrupt Luxor council gone are the trees that once housed all different spiecies of birds and wildlife. all that remains is the grass that grows in the nile the kingfishers still have the mud banks where they have nested and that was the reason I went there too watch the Pied kingfishers feeding the young ones.
i sat in one place for almost 2 hours just taking photos of anything that came into view of my camera. 7 different spiecies of birds. bees butterflies. and not least these damsels and dragons.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mid April Dragons

finding a dragonfly is quite easy hear in Luxor Egypt the art is being patient. once you see a dragon lifting take two steps back more than not it will land back where it took off from as long as you do not make sudden moves it will stay for you to get quite close. damsels are the same but spotting them in the first place is the hard bit because they are so small. these too if you are slow in action will let you get within a few inches for taking macro. all of todays species have been taken with the canon zoom lens ef 100x400 mm , its a fantastic lens a bit pricey at £1400.00 but I find it so easy no changing lens for a distant shot or a near shot I do not need to get too close to the subject minimum distance is about 4ft as most of these shots where taken.

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Can you find it. no point in walking about in top gear when dragon hunting this one waited until I was right by it before it lifted and flew behind me some land up high in the trees and wait for me to go before it comes back on the ground .