Dragonfly and goldcrest

Like yesterday, today again to Gooilust.

At the Corversbos fields, many barn swallows, and buzzard sound.

At the entrance of Gooilust, a female blackbird eating mountain ash berries.

This video says about itself:

Seen at the Butterfly Garden at Waalre, the Netherlands: The Emperor Dragonfly. In this video you see a female depositing eggs and a young specimen which has just emerged.

Anax imperator, is a large and powerful species of European hawker dragonfly of the family Aeshnidae, averaging 78 mm (3 inches) in length.

Males have a sky blue abdomen marked with a diagnostic black dorsal stripe and an apple green thorax. Females have a green thorax and abdomen. The male is highly territorial, and difficult to approach. The species lives by larger ponds, gravel pits, and slow rivers.

Near a Gooilust pond, a male emperor dragonfly flying around between the bushes.

In a coniferous tree, a juvenile goldcrest.

This smallest bird of western Europe is just a centimeter bigger than the biggest dragonfly species, the emperor.

Pondskaters near a bridge.

October dragonflies in the Netherlands: here.

It’s probable that innumerable insect species have vanished before even being catalogued by entomologists. Fortunately, the beautiful emerald dragonfly Maathai’s Longleg Notogomphus maathaiae avoided this fate. Discovered only in 2000 in the forested mountains of Kenya, the dragonfly is named after Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai: here.


Damselflies and green woodpecker

Yesterday, to Gooilust nature reserve.

This video is called Gooilust estate in The Netherlands; taken Saturday 10 May 2008.

Many puffballs.

A robin.

Speckled wood and common blue butterflies.

The sound of a green woodpecker.

A blue-tailed damselfly sitting on a rhododendron.

Two stock doves on leafless branches.

Phase contrast X-ray synchrotron microtomography and the oldest damselflies in amber (Odonata: Zygoptera: Hemiphlebiidae): here.

In this season of swine flu, you’d be forgiven for staying home if you felt a bit under the weather. But what if you got in your car and drove to the next state? That’s essentially what male damselflies do when they’re not feeling well, according to a new study. The move may help these delicate-looking cousins of dragonflies find more sanitary surroundings and colonize new habitats: here.