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.
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.
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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.
Image 048, is of a drake Mallard coming into land on a very calm piece of water resulting in a great reflection. It isn’t very often that all the elements come together but when they do, you need to be on top of your game and make the most of it.
Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, Gailey, Staffordshire.
Canon 40D with Canon 500m F/4.0 L IS lens.