Dragonflies in the Wetlands

I confess.  I am a birder and I am proud of it.  I’ve been birding now for 10 years and I like it more every year.  But, currently, we are in the summer doldrums.  The nesting season is over so there are few if any birds singing or defending their territory.  Migration is still more than a month away and the ducks won’t be back until November.  So I was looking for something to keep me interested for the rest of the summer.

About two years ago, a gentleman named Dennis Paulson gave us a talk on dragonflies.  I thought it was pretty interesting.  I bought his field guide for dragonflies of the Northwest and after looking it over, placed it on the shelf.  Not too long ago, I had a birthday and my daughters asked me for a list of things that I might want.  I listed Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West by Dennis Paulson.  This was a big book.  It stayed on the shelf for a while until this afternoon when my wife announced that she was going to clean the kitchen floor.  It was at that moment that I remembered the dragonflies, grabbed my camera, and set out for the wetlands behind our house.  I didn’t want to walk on the wet floor!

The experience that followed was almost like starting birding again for the first time.  Here are a few photos.  Click to expand!

 

Eight-spotted Skimmer

Eight-spotted Skimmer

 

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Cardinal Meadowhawk

Northern Spreadwing

Northern Spreadwing

Pacific Forktail Female

Pacific Forktail Female

Pacific Forktail Male

Pacific Forktail Male

 

 

 

 

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