Scarlet Darters

 

Scarlet Darter - Vuurlibel - Crocothemis erythraea
A female Scarlet Darter seen from the front

 

Last year I’d seen Scarlet Darters on a small grass field in the city of Groningen. Now I’ve moved, this field is at walking distance from my new home. A few weeks ago I had a look if they had returned already, but that search was in vein. This week I got a message that they were back, so I got my camera and had a look. Indeed, several males and females were seen again, however it was close to impossible to get good shots as there was too much wind. Today the wind had died down a little, so I went for another try.
The bright red coloured males we flying continuously and extremely shy, but the females were often a lot easier to approach. After a few side views (see below) I decided to try some different poses, like the one above.
I’m sure I’ll have another look at them to see if I can make some nice shots of the red males as well, but for now I’m pleased with these results.

 

Scarlet Darter - Vuurlibel - Crocothemis erythraea
A lateral view from a female Scarlet Darter

 

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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