I had a dreadful night – barely two hours sleep. How I dragged myself out of bed this morning I don’t know. I headed North West to Mai Po. Not for birds today but to see what the dragonfly situation was like. I was underwhelmed. One species guaranteed at MPNR at this time of year is the rather flashy Variegated Flutterer or Rhyothemis variegata arria. The trouble is they rarely settle. At one point I had a cloud of them above my head. The macro lens wasn’t much use I’m afraid. Eventually I found a spot where 2 or 3 were settling, just not close to where I wanted them to be. As regular readers know my approach is to take an insurance shot first. Once I know I have a half-decent shot that is in focus I will try to get closer and in some instances I may even try to do something other than a plain portrait. It depends what the environment is like.
After half an hour of faffing about this was about the best I could manage – small in frame but with a nice background. Little it may be but I quite like this.And then Large came along. The problem with Large VF is that it is a decidedly scruffy specimen. But arguably it has a nicer background. So you pays your money and you takes your pick. Little or Large. Eddie or Sid.I did take a few other photos and one is another blue sky day record shot, showing part of the Mai Po reserve in the foreground and the Glorious People’s Republic of Shenzhen in the background.And although the odes didn’t do much today there were plenty of butterflies. The skippers were somewhat preoccupied and didn’t budge at all when I set the camera up.I think they are Chinese Dart in cop. Potanthus confucius. But Confucius say, I’m not sure. One of his more popular sayings, I believe. The next chappy is the Great Egg-fly, Hypolimnas bolina.And finally, Common Jay, Graphium doson. I’m not sure why I had to go to Mai Po to take this as I have found their larvae in our garden as well as those of the Tailed Jay. But here it is.The drive home was horrendous. Long static tailbacks of traffic. Thank heavens for AC in the jalopy. I’m getting too old for this lark.