A second try with flying insects
I am off to Hungary for two workshops at the start of next week, I have made two short session around Gothenburg with insects in mind as preperation for the workshops. This has been to not lose focus on getting better shots of flying insects as well as working more with the Common Yellow Swallowtails that I found last weekend.
Back at the Swallowtail place
The main issue with flying insect is of course that they are small and not stationary. It is probably one of the hardest things to capture. I expect that most people work with a tripod and a remote shutter when they try to capture insects in flight. Often you can find patterns for dragonflies so you can predict their routes. This can be seen with hill-topping butterflies meaning you can make a better guess where the insects mainly will be.
This does not mean it will be easy. You need a big chunk of luck to get anything worthwhile from a session with flying insects. Today I had three Common Yellow Swallowtail hill-topping. Sadly I did not have proper equipment with me. I tried to anticipate their movement, but I was not lucky with any shots. I might go back there tomorrow to make a second try, but that is not certain.
The first session this week was at the gardens at the mansion in Jonsered. I also visited my stretch of Säveån to see what I would find there. I was glad to see a Common Merganser family, but also a White-throated Dipper. Not sure if this was an adult or a juvenile. It was a little less distinct in coloration than I am used to. Still it is a long way into breeding season. THerefore I expect that adults look scruffier this time of year.
So enjoy the gallery from my hunt for insects during the week.