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Is it me or are there more about this year? So far I've come across them all over the place, haven't seen one for years before. The really annoying thing is every time I fall over them I haven't got a macro lens handy. Yesterday I got a few shots with the 50mm I had on camera,, switched to the macro and the darn thing legged it before I got a good shot.
Serious question where do they go in the evenings? Do they hang on a bush near water or what??
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Loads around every year where I am, this year's no different at all. All my local insects seem to be very flighty this year. I've hardly managed any photos.
I think they do 'roost' at night, and then like most insects take a while to get going in the morning (I know that feeling :()
 
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Hi,
It`s like lots of things, they come about in cycles, the weather does this as well.
For your question, Yes I think they find shelter in tree`s, it`s the same for Butterflies as well.
Just for a little info, I live in the Southeast of France, Yesterday they had a 10 min swarm of thousands of Dragonflies near Toulon, was amazing to see them but not in person, I saw a video.
 
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Is it me or are there more about this year? So far I've come across them all over the place, haven't seen one for years before. The really annoying thing is every time I fall over them I haven't got a macro lens handy. Yesterday I got a few shots with the 50mm I had on camera,, switched to the macro and the darn thing legged it before I got a good shot.
Serious question where do they go in the evenings? Do they hang on a bush near water or what??
Thanks

They roost close to water- usually at the base of reeds- very difficult to see

I usually photograph these incredible insects early morning, like here: https://www.talkphotography.co.uk/threads/a-dragon-adventure.700736/#post-8512356

On an hour spent at Ham Wall on the Somerset Levels. Early mornings they are not so flightly and easier to photograph

Hope this helps?

Les :)
 
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Some cracking pics there Les.
Many thanks all for the infomataion everybody. The place I saw them the other day had reeds, looks like an early start one day. Trouble is it's an hours drive for a start....
This is about the best I've managed so far with just a normal lens.

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This is about the best I've managed so far with just a normal lens.
Not a lot wrong with that. Dragonflies are quite big - some of them are very big. You really don't need a macro lens to get a good image (unless you want a close up of its eyeball of course). I use an 18-135mm as a walkabout lens, and though I now have a 105mm macro the old kit zoom still does a good job on dragons.
 
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Not a lot wrong with that. Dragonflies are quite big - some of them are very big. You really don't need a macro lens to get a good image (unless you want a close up of its eyeball of course). I use an 18-135mm as a walkabout lens, and though I now have a 105mm macro the old kit zoom still does a good job on dragons.
Thank you Jan. This was I think a standard 50mm, if I remember rightly.
 
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I'm seeing similar numbers to what i normally see Wayne,but am seeing the odd species very locally I haven't done here previously,that might be due to a morphing habitat from cultivated farmland to woodland.

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