Potters Pool


WHEN
: June 2017
WHERE: Basingstoke Canal, Potters Pool, UK (Google map)

After last year being a bit poor for butterflies and dragonflies this year is proving a real corker. Helped by plenty of dry sunny weather I have seen more dragonflies this summer than I have done for many years.

Four Spotted Chaser

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF (450mm equiv.) – F8, ISO 1250, 1/1250 sec.

Couple this with the fact I have found a great new location for Dragonflies and I have finally got some images in the UK I am proud of. The image above is a Four Spotted Chaser, these were by far the easiest to photograph as they seemed more keen to perch.

Light conditions were so good however that with a bit of practice I even managed to capture one in flight.

Flying Chaser

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF (450mm equiv.) – F8, ISO 800, 1/1000 sec.

There were also a few Emerald and Southern Hawker dragonflies around but I wasn’t quite as lucky trying to capture them.

Red Damselfly

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF (450mm equiv.) – F8, ISO 800, 1/1000 sec.

I did manage this rather striking example of a red damselfly and as an extra bonus discovered some tadpoles and froglets on a small pathway on the east side of the pool. It is worth noting that this pool is visible but not really accessible from the canal. For best picture opportunities you need to access the pool from the east side via the forest.

Tadpoles

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF (450mm equiv.) – F8, ISO 800, 1/200 sec.

Froglet

Nikon D500, Nikon 300mm F4 PF + TC-17E II at 500mm (750mm equiv.) – F8, ISO 1600, 1/20 sec.

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