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Dragonfly (Libellulidae family)

Dragonfly (Libellulidae family)
Photo Information
Copyright: Mike Rix (Mike-Rix) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 37 W: 1 N: 18] (187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, sigma 70-300 apo macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-30 9:56
Viewed: 3531
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Near the top of Bukith Tima I saw this dragonfly on eyelevel.
Near the top of Bukit Timah I saw this dragonfly on eyelevel.
The Bukit Timah Reserve is located in the central region of Sinagapore's main island. The reserve is located around a rocky hill, which in parts is difficult to hike. This is probably one of the reasons why this area remained widely untouched by humans and today there is still a primary rainforest. The flora and fauna is very diverse, though in the dense forest it is difficult to spot animals.
However, at the boundary pathways different species of butterflies and dragonflies are very abundant. The small creeks and the large, unspoiled, water basins in the central catchments - adjacent to the Bukit Timah hill - provide ideal circumstances for dragonfly to breed.
For this picture I used the ED macro lens. I gradually approached the dragonfly while making photos. I took the photo on South Rock's path near (300m) the summit of Bukit Timah.

With the identification I am not totally confident. I suppose it is a Orchithemis pulcherrima, but based on the photos on
it could as well be a pseudothemis jorina, which has white eyes and blue spots on the tail.

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Hi Mike!
The picture is very interesting as for me. You presented a very unique dragonfly species (I believe that this is a member of Libellulidae family), especially its colouration is amazing - I have never seen such mosaic of white and black/dark blue in Odonata. The insect is presented in typical pose, and yourpoint of view ketp it in very good way. Also details are good.
On the other hand there are 2 thinkgs which I would suggest to change. The first one - noises, some reduction of them would be good to clear picture a little and better expose dragonfly, the second it a note, a few ords more would be good too :)
Anyway, it is really interesting presentation as for me.
Best greetings from Poland and all the best in 2008!
Friendly yours,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-31 2:41]

Hello Mike,
your picture shows the species
Orchithemis pulcherrima Brauer, 1878
family: Libellulidae

Sharpness and resolution are not optimal.
Best wishes, Peter

Mike, this would be my favourite photo you have posted so far...reasonable clear - a nice capture!
Please don't think i am just being critical...
You seem to have a focusing problem - My guess is your over cropping because there is a graininess about them too or your using a really high ISO. Try to not crop more than 15% of the original photo. Do you shoot in raw or jpeg? Raw is better - especially for wildlife shots.
thanks for sharing mark :)

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