Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Broad-bodied Chaser


Hot and drowsy, with just the scratching of Whitethroats and the dribbling juice of the Blackcaps to trouble the thick air. A few Common Buzzards, the odd Red Kite and a Sparrowhawk to disturb the clear, deep blue. Spring seems sprung. Summer has unfurled its intent.

I had a brief encounter with a female Broad-bodied Chaser at Canons Farm this afternoon. It kept alighting on a small area of vegetation in a woodland ride, but was terribly wary, allowing me snatched images. The backlit picture pleased me, far more than a standard frame filler would have - you can appreciate the structure and fretwork of the wings to a greater degree. These ancient insects are wonders to behold, art nouveau with wings.

2 comments:

Marc Heath said...

Nice to see you posting a proper image Steve. Certainly always a magical experience.

Steve Gale said...

Marc, I should take a leaf out of your book and pay more attention to the Odonata.