Nature's Place

Dragon Hunt

P1160895_filtered - Mark Berkery

I have been finding a few Dragonfly’s recently, perhaps because of the generally warmer than usual weather, and the new location – a place I haven’t been to for many years. A nearby nature reserve that will soon become a horse track, I am told, so there may be some dung beetles soon to photograph … amongst the many creatures already to be found there.

The site is huge and Dragons can be found all over at different times of day, some by the water where it is clear of trees and brush, some hunt in the fields, some can be found asleep or at rest in the shade where the brush meets the open track, others in the dark shadows. At present there isn’t a ‘best’ spot, maybe as the spring gets on after the winter solstice locations will be more determined – by the nature.

There are many colours of Dragon though few individuals, and getting close to one can take a long time as they are inclined to take flight at the slightest disturbance in their view. Those big eyes are some indication of how sensitive is their sight.  Along with being consummate hunters goes a correspondingly evolved survival instinct.

Stillness is the key to observing these wonderful creatures, of mind and body, and the approach takes time and demands an attitude of respect for best results, in my experience.

© Mark Berkery … CLICK any picture to enlarge in a new tab …


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  1. aomaney said, on 31/08/2014 at 4:34 am

    Reblogged this on Entheos and commented:
    What exquisite clarity of focus and light. Beautiful.

  2. Karen Douglass said, on 15/06/2014 at 12:10 am

    If you ever get to the US, plan a stop in New Orleans at the Insectorium. Great fun, although you give us a better view of the little ones.

    • Mark said, on 15/06/2014 at 1:49 pm

      It’s always a possibility Karen. Thanks …

  3. terraburrah said, on 11/06/2014 at 12:16 am

    Can you, at least, tell us what continent these dragonflies are on?

    • Mark said, on 11/06/2014 at 9:15 am

      Ha, ha … I assumed everyone knows I am in SE Brisbane, Australia these days. This Dragonfly I have only found in the dark shadows of the denser wetter bush.

      I can tell you a lot more too, here – Macro Illustrated

  4. paranoiasnfm said, on 10/06/2014 at 9:59 pm


  5. Jenn said, on 10/06/2014 at 6:54 pm

    Awesome, yet again Mark! Where do you find such beauties?

    • Mark said, on 10/06/2014 at 7:02 pm

      Amazing creatures yes. I don’t advertise my locations Jenn, for obvious reasons, but I’ll email you details if you want. Maybe even get a group out there some time for a macro day, when the insect numbers are up of course.

  6. dabawenyo life said, on 10/06/2014 at 10:25 am

    Indeed it’s difficult to capture photos of dragonflies that you wont move even if bitten with ants.

    • Mark said, on 10/06/2014 at 10:55 am

      Ha, ha … It is difficult indeed when other creatures are taking bites or the hot sun is beating down, or the knees are wearing out on the hard ground. But it’s worth it, the damage can be mitigated … :-)

  7. Alexander Lautsyus said, on 10/06/2014 at 9:13 am

    Beautiful Dragonfly!

  8. Nick Hunter said, on 10/06/2014 at 9:03 am

    I share you’re appreciation for dragonflies and can relate to your comments on the challenge of getting a good shot – which you managed to do very well!

    • Mark said, on 10/06/2014 at 9:40 am

      Thanks Nick. Yes, they are difficult to get close to but I reckon, an experiment really, if I show up enough in their world it might get easier by habituation – assuming the survival of individuals with a long enough life span. They hunt each other too …

  9. photoleaper said, on 10/06/2014 at 8:54 am

    Incredible photo!

    • Mark said, on 10/06/2014 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Kathy, it’s a wonderful nature …

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