I went out onto the Heath yesterday. It is a year on from my last dragonfly shots, and decided at the last minute to restrict myself to dragonflies as I don’t have as much free time to devote to this as last year, so went straight for the spot which  had previously offered the most success.

I was very fortunate to find this Brown Hawker laying her eggs!  I was travelling somewhat light and had my G Vario 14/140 ‘walkabout’ lens which, courtesy of the cooperatively close dragonfly, allowed for some quite detailed close ups.  Set in aperture priority I shot off well over a hundred shots, and came home with an embarrassment of riches when it came to the keepers.  Here is a representative selection.  I varied the ISO, aperture, and exposure compensation a little, leaving the camera to set a the fastest possible shutter speed for the light, which was thankfully good.