I decided it was time that the mosquitoes on Crowle moor had another feed. I hadn't been for a while and they must be getting hungry, Lol. On a slightly more serious note, I wanted some more photographs of the Black darter's and some close up photos of male Emerald damselflies in particular.
I made an early start arriving at the moor at 06:45.There were two reasons for my early start. One, I was hoping I might find an Adder or Grass snake before they got warmed up and slithered off, and two I wanted some close up photographs of the Emerald damselflies and the Black darter's before they warmed up and got too flighty. I chose the Sigma 150mm with the tripod today. Close up photography like I was hoping for today requires the camera to be perfectly still so although it may have been possible hand holding the Canon 100mm I knew the Sigma and tripod would be the better choice today.
The mosquitoes were around from the word go and biting just as much as my previous visits despite my attempts to ward them off. Surprisingly as the day warmed up the mosquitoes seemed to take a break, much to my relief. I made my way across the moor to the area I had seen the snakes on my last visit. I didn't pay that much attention to what was around as I walked to this area as I was walking at a good pace. I had time restraints on me today needing to be back home for lunch time and I wanted to spend as much time as possible in the area I was actually going to be photographing the damsels and darters.
Despite walking very slowly and light of foot when I reached the area the snakes were seen in I was out of luck today with no sign of any at all. Maybe it was too early in the day and not warm enough, I don't know. However I had noticed good numbers of Black darter dragonflies on my way to this area so quickly made my way back to get the photographs I wanted. The weather was reasonably warm but rather overcast so the darters were fairly obliging.
Male Black Darter
I managed many photographs of the darters both male and female. I also saw very good numbers of Emerald damselflies which were also pretty obliging. No doubt due to the fact that the day hadn't fully warmed up as yet with the sun still behind a blanket of cloud. I was lucky enough to photograph this male Emerald damselfly enjoying it's breakfast of a fly.
Male Emerald damselfly eating breakfast
By around 09:45 the sun broke through and the moor became alive with Black darter's. I wouldn't like to estimate a guess at how many but well into the hundreds along the stretch of the path that I was on. Of course with the heat building this also made everything very flighty. Dragonflies are sun loving creatures and are at their most active in warm sunny conditions. I persevered and got some very nice close up shots of the darters. I also saw a couple of Hawker dragonflies. These were in flight though so I could not tell if they were Southern or Common Hawkers.
Close up of a female Black Darter
Although it was very warm by now the Emerald damselflies were not too bad to get close up photographs of with several males being quite obliging. I just love Emerald damselflies. I think they are the most photogenic of all the damselflies.
Close up of a male Emerald damselfly
The time had now reached 11:00 and I wanted to be back at my car by 11:30 so I slowly made my way back to the car park, mission accomplished. I kept an eye out for any lizards or snakes on the way back to the car but saw none. A great few hours on the moor and I only got bit by the mosquitoes four times, Lol.