Beautiful tropical summer weather; mostly dry mornings with periods of sun, followed by showers in the afternoon/evening so our ponds are gradually filling. Its perfect weather for dragonflies and hanging around in the swamp with a camera.
Water Prince (Hydrobasileus brevistylus) Female – she was hovering and occasionally dipping her abdomen towards the leaf.
Lesser Green Emperor (Anax guttatus) Flying up and down the ponds, very occasionally hovering before taking off again in a different direction. Possibly a male?
Front view – Lesser Green Emperor
Making the most of some lighter weather this turtle was resting on some pond ‘infrastructure’ that is exposed at low water levels. When the wetlands were new the fish needed places to hide so we arranged a few old tyres – its probably rather a good turtle resting place with a gentle slope and a decent grip on its surface.
Saw-shelled fresh water turtle
There are many of these delicate little Darkmouth dragonflies on the vegetation in the shallows. Once located they make relatively easy photographic subjects as they, like many in the Libellulidae family, will usually perch in between short flights, often returning to the same twig. Digital photography is a wonderful assistance in identifying dragonflies as some of the differences are quite subtle and certainly not obvious to an untrained eye.
Darkmouth (Brachydiplax duivenbodei)
Setting the scene with this photo you will have to use your imagination to picture the canoe (slightly muddy from previous weeding excursions) with occupant paddling slowly through the water lilies on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The same morning I had spent some time on the ponds checking for and removing some weeds and Continue reading
A couple of views of Diplacodes trivialis (Chalky Percher)showing the different wing positions at rest. This mature male had selected his territory and was cruising a short distance around the pond before resting in the same area of silt-covered sedge, so it gave me a reasonable chance of a photo.
Orthetrum caledonicum has been given the common name of Blue Skimmer in the ‘Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia’. Another male guarding his territory and waiting for the arrival of a female mate. He was at the other end of the same small pond!
And one more photo in this series of blue Libellulidae – Allen took this shot of Brachydiplax denticauda (Palemouth) in March last year with our earlier model Lumix so the definition isn’t quite as good. However, I want to include the photo to demonstrate the subtle differences of some our blue dragonflies.
I think my identification skills are slowly improving but please comment if you think there could be an error.
Allen identified and photographed some more dragonflies during our wet season – this strikingly marked Yellow-spotted Emerald was enjoying the wetlands habitat.
We are delighted to see an increase in the number of birds on the property, an encouraging sign that our restoration works are providing good habitat. We have had several recent sightings of juvenile Yellow-breasted Boatbill in family groups which is especially pleasing as we have previously only seen this species in remnant rainforest along the creek.
Black Bittern is still feeding in the new wetland and a pair of Azure Kingfisher has also been making use of the perching posts installed prior to the wetlands filling with the rains.