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Gotcha Mixta ;-)

Gotcha Mixta ;-)
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Copyright: Bente Feldballe (milloup) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 40 N: 619] (1716)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300XR
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, Dragonflies in flight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-08 16:26
Viewed: 4934
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta. A smallish hawker, with a very late flight period, being on the wing from August to early November in the right weather conditions.

It can be separated from the Hairy Dragonfly Brachytron pratense on flight period, but care is needed when separating it from the much scarcer Common Hawker Aeshna juncea. The body markings in both sexes are similar, appearing rather dull blue dots in the male, dull green in the female, on a dark brown background, with absent or indistinct antehumeral stripes. A cream triangle / tack shaped mark can be seen on the top of the abdomen. The top of the wing has a dark costa. The anal appendages are very long.

 Both sexes have a yellow golf tee-shaped marking on dorsal surface of abdominal segment 2
 Short antehumeral stripes
 The sides of abdominal segment 2 are blue in mature males
 anal appendages in both sexes are very long
 costa is brown

Preferred environment: can be seen at a wide variety of lowland ponds and lakes including natural and artificial sites. The species can tolerate brackish sites.
Adult habitat and habits: a non-territorial species often aggregating at feeding and breeding sites. Maturing adults favour woodlands and sheltered areas. Aggregations in excess of 1000 individuals have been reported in southern England. At breeding sites males patrol over the water, again without showing aggressive behaviour. Mating is lengthy, taking place in waterside vegetation.
Oviposition site and behaviour: females oviposit usually alone inserting eggs into marginal plants often above water surface or occasionally in bare mud.
Larval habitat and habits: eggs diapause and hatch in spring. Development is rapid and is completed by mid to late summer.
Emergence behaviour: emergence happens at night on emergent and marginal vegetation plant stems.
Range: southern and central Europe north to the Baltic. Absent from northern half of Britain, Scandinavia and Finland. Also in north Africa, the Middle East across central Asia to Japan.
Treatment: Crop, brightness +5, contrast +10, saturation +10, USM and resize.

PDP, AdrianW, mogens-j, Lourens, Oldtree, extramundi, RAP, AndyB, ellis49, carper, Jax, TAZ, gbac, Callie, Robbrown, japie, JeanMichel, Luc has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-08 16:29]

Well done Bente! Very nice indeed. Superb shot and congratulations.

Excellent shot! I've tried and so far failed to catch one of these on the wing, so I'm impressed :) That said I think I'd have tried for a higher shutter speed still if possible - maybe some flash to keep the ISO down? That said you'd need something capable of FP flash - like the 550EX or the MT-24EX. I'd probably choose the 550/580EX for this sort of thing... I'd also do sharpening selectively rather than on the whole image - assuming you haven't tried that. Very good capture indeed :-D

Excellent shot and excellent note!! May be a little soft - but I hesitate to critisize these shots!!

Very good shot Bente.

I have tried to capture sime insects in flight but did not succeed very well so far. Mostly tried on butterlies and bees. The bigger dragonflies just fly to quick. It is even difficult to follow them with the eyes, but with the cam it's impossible (at least in our garden with it's diffenrent light and shadow conditions).

Very good detail and you not is quite detailed too.

Whit this series in flight you have an original and complete collection. Very good work.

  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-08 17:59]

Difícil captura en vuelo Bente.
Bellos colores, buena perspectiva (tal vez si hubieras podido captarlo mostrando desde su cabeza sería perfecta).
Creo que existe un pequeño fuera de foco, producido por la velocidad de la captura, pero comprensible.
Gran disparo.

Difficult capture in flight Bente.
Beautiful colors, good perspective (if you had been able to catch being shown it from its head she would perhaps be perfect).
I believe that it exists small outside focus, produced by the speed of the capture, but comprehensible.
Great shot.

Very good photo. I've tried several times to capture one of these guys and i have no sucess. They are always to far from me or to fast for me to focus.
The description is also very good.

  • Great 
  • Verti Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 14 W: 0 N: 12] (99)
  • [2004-09-08 18:31]

Fantastic. That's quite an achievement. A rare shot, indeed. Interesting to see how the insect folds its legs during flight. Congratulations, you deserve many points for this shot.

  • Great 
  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-09-08 18:36]

A fabulous capture.
Lovely detail and colours,great motion blur of the wings.
Excellent work,very well done indeed.

Great action shot Bente.
I know how difficult this is but you manage very well.
Nice colours and good details.
Good note.
Very good job.

great..excellent...like chopper.
Its very difficult shot...god job

I have never try to capture a hawker,
but yours is a great capture. It just the moment and then shooting. But it is not so easy, that's a fact. You did it Bente. It is great, and what a note, well done.

Well, I see your effort in the afternoon paid off in the best way Bente. Congratulations, it is an excellent shot with great sharpness and lots of details. I am surprised that you got the wings so clear with 1/500 sec.

  • Great 
  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-09-09 10:08]

Congratulations on a great capture! Great details and composition.

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-09 11:48]

Alors là bravo ! C'est déjà difficile à photographier les libellules, mais en plein vol !!! Compliments.
Great Bente !

  • Great 
  • gbac Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 8] (76)
  • [2004-09-09 14:26]

Great shot Bente, on the thumbnails the dragonfly appear like a helicopter.
Well done.

  • Great 
  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-09-09 15:00]

The Lady is getting better and better! I see you tied a nice bow in his wings! Just love the action here, Bente!

this definatley one of the better flying dragons posted here, it is sharp in detail and well coloured, the moving wings make an intresting pattern i keeping with the image.

Great motion. This must have been very hard to capture. Very well done.

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-12 14:00]

Very well taken. I am impressed. these shots are very hard to take. Thanks for posting

This turned out great. It is really sharp, and it looks good against the blue background. Great shot. You did it again.

  • Good 
  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2004-09-29 21:15]

Beautifull colors. A little bit more sharp should be better. Therefore, great shot!
Keep on, all your photos are very interesting.

A real photographic performance, Bente. Getting such a clear image in these conditions is not common, and, IMO, you did very well here. Blurred wings are particularly well catched, and blue sky couldn't have been a better choice as a neutral background. Congratulations!

Very good colours, and nice composition.
Well done.

  • Great 
  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-12-09 11:51]

Excellent capture Bente. great action shot.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-11 22:16]

Bente, stunning shot to depict this nice creature. Congratulations on your note too. As for the photo, I like POV and composition.

Great job.


Hi Bente, this is a superb shot. Amazing detail, sharpness and colour for a flying dragonfly. What was your technique in getting it and did you use flash? I think you've done really well with this one and it certainly deserves to go over 50 points...so here are an extra two :) Your note is also fantastic. TFS :)

  • Good 
  • mjjoe Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 21] (154)
  • [2006-05-05 11:32]

Hi Bente,
Good effort on capturing it in motion.I've seen how this creatures fly and I'm impressed with what you've got there.Been trying to snap some of those myself but still not successful.

TFS and have a nice day.

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