198/365 Black Darter Sympetrum danae

Another image from the Black Darter session the other morning.  I used a shallow depth of field to emphasise the black markings (pterostigma) on the wings.

198/365 Black Darter

197/365 Black Darter Sympetrum danae

The smallest Darters within the UK these Black Darters are also very common. Whilst out working on location I found a small colony of these and just had to go back the next morning with the macro lens.
Black Darter, Sympetrum danae, Staffordshire, August, 2013.
Canon 5D3 with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro, 1/800s at f/7.1 at ISO800.

197/365 Black Darter

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117/365 Mute Swan with cygnets

With all of the new ducklings around reservoirs and lakes at the moment I thought I would show this image of a Mute Swan with her cygnets taken in the late afternoon light.

Mute Swan, Cygnus olor, Staffordshire, June, 2010.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS.


112/365 Great Crested Grebe

Image 112 was taken when the sun had just dipped below the horizon giving this very peaceful reflected light on the waters surface.  The great crested grebe was an added bonus as it paused momentarily in the reeds.

Great crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus, Gailey Reservoir, Staffordshire.
Canon 40D with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.