Blue Hawker Aeshna cyanea Laying Eggs
Also known as the Southern Hawker, this green-marked female was very persistent in alighting on the rotting tree and feeling around for places to insert her ovipositor and was clearly laying eggs. If I made a slight move and disturbed her she was back within seconds. This session lasted several minutes.
This was beside Pond 1 at Decoy Heath Nature Reserve on 25 July.
Olympus EM-1 (aperture priority), Panasonic 100 - 400mm Leica DG Vario-Elmar at 400mm 213mm to 280mm at f11, hand held.
Last image (dragon bottom left):
Olympus EM-1, (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, f8, hand-held.
Stereos are to follow tomorrow.