Location: Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, Chaiyaphum
Date: Saturday, 12th November, 2016
Habitat: Mid- to upland forested ponds
Best pictures of the day:
The beautiful Agrionoptera insignis insignis, though the dull, boggy areas he likes aren't ... fortunately, the sun came out for a moment.
A nice, but all too uncommon, species... Paracercion (calamorum) dyeri
Another tiny species. Used to be uncommon for me to see it, but abundant this year... Amphiallagma parvum, male doing his morning stretches
A species that certainly isn't abundant at PK... Mortonagrion aborense
Certainly common, but not easy to approach... the old-first-thing-in-the-morning trick worked this time - Pseudagrion australasiae, male
The sun was just warming the place up, but some of us were still fast asleep. Lestes elatus, male
A surprise sighting at this time of year. I wonder if it is around all year? Platylestes platystylus, a very uncommon species.
Incredibly abundant this year - every open area there were lots of specimens... Lestes concinnus
Another rare sighting is this female (only my second, but males are always observed flitting around over ponds) and managed to carefully catch her ... Tramea transmarina euryale
Now resting upon release (she flew high into the treetops soon after)
... and the worst photo of all, but one that made me the happiest... the elusive, the beautiful, the dashing, and the equally annoying Amphithemis curvistyla... only a record shot for now, but you WILL be mine next year.
Even non dragon things of interest popped up yesterday.
The endangered Elongated tortoise, beautiful in every way ... though I had to stop cars in order to help him cross the road safely.... being annoyed by pesky mosquitoes
Probably my favoute photo I have taken in a long time... no idea why, just everything seems right. I love the way he is clinging on to the top of the stem under his chin. I wonder what he is thinking as he looks up to the burst of light?
... and right at the death, it almost was death... for me. I stopped the car with the windows down to get a sandwich and quickly looked my right as I heard something massive crashing towards me at breakneck speed. I winced as it was about to hit the car... or did it? Watch the vid. I was scared to death...