I love it when you get lucky with wildlife. I often talk about the good stuff you can see in your garden, and I had a good example this morning when I spotted a dragonfly posing beautifully on a Sea Holly.
I grabbed a couple of photos on my mobile phone just so I had something, then went in and grabbed my camera. I came out, took twenty odd photos, and went in happy I had some good shots.
Now, a couple of times the camera had frozen claiming it hadn’t written to the card properly. But as most seemed to have worked fine I hadn’t worried about it. So I was very unhappy when every picture just gave me this screen:
Every picture… gone. Two possibilities went through my mind. The card was corrupt, or the camera was broken. One annoying but fairly insignificant, the other expensive and worrisome.
I loaded up my spare memory card and went back outside; the dragonfly was still there. Quietly crossing my fingers I got back in position and took more photos…
Happily, it was just the card, not the camera.
The dragonfly sat there a while as I took a few more photos:
When I finished, I found myself drawn to actually say “thanks for hanging on” to the dragonfly, who promptly flew away! But I had my photos.
I then tweeted an image stating it was an Azure Hawker, without bothering to check. As soon as I did turn to a reference book, I realised it was a Migrant Hawker, and had to delete the original tweet.
So, the lessons that can be taken from this story:
- Don’t ignore error messages on your equipment
- Always have a spare memory card
- Always check your IDs unless you are 100% certain, and…
- Always thank the subjects when you are done!
With a tiny frog last weekend and more dragonflies this, I’m quite certain it would be valuable building a pond in the garden next year. So that’ll add a fun task to blog about!