Author: JC

Sorting the Boys from the Girls

[Another article written originally for the BDS e-publication, Hawker.] Many odonata species exhibit sexual dimorphism. That is to say, the males look markedly different from the females. This, perhaps, reaches something of an extreme in some of our libellulid dragonflies,

Posted in 2022, Articles

Bluets and their Pronota

[Another transcription of an article written for the BDS Hawker e-publication.] Bluet is a succinct term encompassing two genera, Coenagrion and Enallagma. These are the Blue-striped Damselflies which usually follow hot on the heels of the Large Red Damselfly in

Posted in 2022, Articles, UK

Anticipating Large Reds

[This is a transcription of an identification article I wrote for the BDS in March 2022.] It’s the same every year: as spring approaches the odonata fan base holds its collective breath in anticipation of the new season, usually heralded

Posted in 2022, Articles, UK

Australia, Nov-Dec 2019

For some time I have been considering joining an organized dragonfly hunting tour. In November 2018 I was disappointed not to be able to take part in a tour of Western Australia organized by Phil Benstead of Odonatours due to

Posted in 2019, Australia, Trip reports

France, July 2019

This wasn’t actually a trip in its own right but was a single week tacked onto the end of our trip around Germany. Having gone out to Germany through Belgium and experienced a dreadful campsite, we were anxious to avoid

Posted in 2019, France, Trip reports

Germany, Jun 2019

We’d been invited to visit friends in former East Germany and were going to fly but were scuppered by Ryan-bloody-Air when they cancelled the Stansted-Leipzig route completely. So, we turned it into a 3-week caravan trip. It was our first

Posted in 2019, Germany, Trip reports

Sri Lanka, Mar 2019

In late March, 2019, we joined an Explore! 12-day photographic trip to Sri Lanka. It was a general trip designed to cover many subjects, including a couple of wildlife parks, but also many cultural subjects. No specific odonata habitat was

Posted in 2019, Sri Lanka, Trip reports

Spain, Winter 2018-19

We chose to escape an irritating British Xmas and, hopefully, the worst of and the British winter for a second year running. Once again we planned to arrive in Spain on 21st December with a return ferry booked for 16th

Posted in 2019, Spain, Trip reports

Spain, Oct 2018

One of the delights of owning a modestly sized condominium-like property in Spain, is attending the yearly AGM of the owners organization. The Spanish “horizontal property law” requires that a committee exists for such “shared living” properties and that AGMs

Posted in 2018, Spain, Trip reports

France, June 2018

After a 3-year break, we finally managed to return to France. We had something of an agenda meeting various people so we were partly playing tourist and partly odonata (and orchid) hunters. We knew we would visit our favourite dairy

Posted in 2018, France, Trip reports
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