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Copyright: Hendrik Boot (NINIX) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 47 N: 355] (3001)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dimage Z2, GT Lens 1:2 8-3.7 APO, 38-380 mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dragon-fly, Damselfly and dragonfly, my personal collection, European dragonflies 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-07 4:55
Viewed: 3798
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here you see the ANAX IMPERATOR or emperor dragonfly (Grote Keizerlibel in Dutch and funny enough Koenigslibel in German) laying her eggs on a plant in the water. It happened right in front of my camera so I made a whole range. Everytime she flew away and came back to the same spot.

The largest of the county's dragonflies, a powerful insect, wary and difficult to approach. It is most usually seen on territory, hunting over a waterbody, swooping and darting with amazing speed and agility. In flight the male appears a striking turquoise blue, the female a dullish green, but the absence of spots on the abdomen separates them from the other hawker types. At rest a dark line can be seen running down the middle of the abdomen.

Favoured habitats include big ponds, gravel pits, canals and slow flowing rivers with abundant marginal vegetation. The flight period is from early June to late August. On several occasions continental specimens are thought to have bred at Gibraltar Point - the females being coloured blue as the in the male forms.

For those who like to see the whole range have a look here:

The face of the emperor
Eggs of the emperor
The back of the emperor
The flight of the emperor
Birth of the Dragonfly.
better workshop version here.

Close by this frog was taking swimming lessons.

Janice, electra, wallhalla15, LordPotty, carper, naki, scottevers7, Phoki has marked this note useful
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Hello Hendrik,

that is a great shot. It rare to take a dragonfly which is lying eggs in the water. This is a brilliant sharp shot. I like it very much. Well done and TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-07 5:54]

Very good Hendrik, what an excellent capture. You have shown us something that's quite a rare occurance I imagine. She is nice and sharp, and I look forward to seeing more of your shots. Well done.

Hello Hendrik, a beautifully detailed capture of this fine animal. Nicely composed and with very good DoF. Excellent colours and another great note too. Thanks.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2005-08-07 6:08]

Hi Hendrik,

I like this dragonfly. Especially the wings are full of details and very sharp.
Great capture and thanks for sharing.


Hello Hendrik!
Your photos are always perfect! Not olny quality but composition and POV too.

A great one for the records Hen.
The red plant roots in the water make an interesting contrast with the green eyes.
Well spotted and documented.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-07 12:46]

Hij is prachtig Hendrik,
echt schitterende capture, hele goede foto, prachtige details, mooie kleuren, goede diepte, Ja wat kan ik nog meer zeggen, uitstekend werk.
gr. jaap

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-08-07 15:33]

Hi Hendrik. You captured a very rare moment. Nice details and POV, beautiful colours. Just a bit noise and OE areas. I like the environment of the dragon you showed us.

Hi Hendrik,
This is a really great capture. The colors are really great, and excellent detail. Perfect timing, and you waited to get a great shot!

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