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A quick trip to Rimac

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Male ruddy darter
Rimac is one the carparks at Saltfleetby NNR on the Lincolnshire coast. As it was a warm and sunny afternoon I decided to pop down to see if I could get some dragonfly shots. There were quite a few dragons flying but difficult to get at so I used my 100-400 lens rather than the full macro. There were good numbers of four spots but they were all old and in a very tatty condition. I was hugely impressed though with the male emperor dragonfly that was on the wing and perched obligingly, though not conveniently for photographs. This is our largest dragonfly with a wingspan of 7 cm. The male is a fabulous electric blue with beautiful greeny turquoise eyes. I was also delighted with the close views and photographs of my first ruddy darter. The other highlight of the afternoon was seeing and photographing marsh helleborines - a type of orchid.