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Wandering Glider

Wandering Glider
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Copyright: Himanshu Ranade (Xplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 13 N: 327] (2187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon 75-300 1:4-5.6 III USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-25 8:44
Viewed: 2816
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Wandering Glider Pantala Flavescens is a is a wide-ranging dragonfly of the family Libellulidae

I like this capture since it was made early morning and with very fierce winds blowing in from the back of the dragonfly. I was amazed to see the dragonfly hanging very steady against the winds.

Some relevant interesting info from Wikipedia
Their flight speed is up to 5 m / s. Especially in the autumn, the Wandering Glider flies in large swarms, using thermals to advantage. They prefer moist winds. In normal flight, island populations keep to 2.5 meters above the ground on and stop flying in thermal updraughts. The continental populations, fly at altitudes of three to four meters and do not stop flying even in bad weather.

When landing, it seeks a vertical attitude. Like all large dragonflies, the wings are held out from the body at rest.

An aggregation of dragonflies during migration
The Globe Skimmer, as its name suggests, has a very wide distribution area, between about the 40th parallels of latitude or within the 20 C isotherm (areas of the world where the annual mean temperature is above 20 degrees Celsius). In Europe there are only occasional sightings of the species, with serious evidence to date mainly from the Aegean Sea and the adjacent mainland. An explanation for the scarcity in Europe of this otherwise common species is the barrier effect of the Sahara which generates unfavourable winds, such as the Sirocco, whose dryness makes dragonfly passage almost impossible.Their arrival in the subtropics and tropics coincides with the Intertropical Convergence Zone. More evidence of their preference for moist winds, is that the dragonfly migrates to Southeast India's Tamil Nadu only after the second monsoon which is brings the rain to that region. In the rest of India, however, it arrives with the first rain-making monsoon.Observations suggest that they migrate from India to Africa across the Arabian Sea.
It is the highest-flying dragonfly, recorded at 6,200 m in the Himalayas. It was also first dragonfly species that settled on Bikini Atoll after the nuclear tests there. Furthermore, it is the only Odonata on Easter Island. These individuals seem to be a small gene pool, derived from the continental populations, which is slowly creating a new type by genetic drift. In colder areas like South Australia and Northern Canada, the species cannot overwinter and must therefore be replaced by new migrants each year.

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Hello Himanshu
Lovely pose and excellent composition.Wonderful colours and details.Thank You.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-25 8:56]

Hello Himanshu,
Wonderful composition in this photo of a dragonfly in a great pose. Razor sharp detailed in very beautiful colours. Nice contrasting blurred background.

Hello Himanshu,
very nice photo of this dragonfly taken from very good point of view. Nice composition. Also appropriate background.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Himanshu, great macro of lovely dragonfly on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-07-25 10:07]

Very good capture of this dragonfly,i like the essential composition and the beautiful details,especially on the tail.Beautiful bright red too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-07-25 10:48]

Hello Himanshu,
You did a splendid job of capturing this colorful Slider considering the extreme wind you had to work with. I love viewing dragonflies that are red or orange in color since I don't often see many in my area. Well done!!

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-07-25 11:43]

Hi Himanshu,
wonderful photo of this dragonfly, beautiful composition, lovely colors & details , perfect BG ! Thanks !

Hi Himanshu,

Excellent composition. Colors are nicely blend together.


Hello Himanshu,
great capture of this Dragonfly with good sharpness and a lovely pose. I also like the beautiful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

hello Himanshu,
a very well composed picture. great sharpness, perfect BG colour and subject.
nice work,
my thanks and best wishes,

Namaste Himanshu- I found this Dragonfly very useful for me, because I think I have picture of this species and I haven't posted. I got its ID now. Excellent captured with splendid sharpness and details. BG is Well managed too. Good work. Thanks for sharing. Regards and have a pleasant WE- Srikumar

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