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Keeled Skimmer (male)

Keeled Skimmer (male)
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-06 8:23
Viewed: 2997
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
After the female, here is the male...

Orthetrum coerulescens
Family: Libellulidae

The Keeled Skimmer is a species of European dragonfly. Females and immature males lack the black abdominal pattern. The pterostigma is orange and the thorax usually bears pale stripes. Its eyes are blue-grey. It breeds mainly in peat bogs and flies (in the UK) from June to September.
This dragonfly is quite rare, but locally common. Its typical habitat is acidic heath land, where it is often seen alongside Golden-Ringed Dragonflies. Its flight is quite skittish, with frequent hovering, and it lands often. It can fly quite a distance from water, despite its seemingly weak flight. When it perches, the wings are held forward.

Key identification features
- mature male has a pale blue abdomen which lacks a black tip.
- females are pale brown with yellow tinted wings
- thorax in both sexes with broad creamy antehumeral stripes
- pterostigma are long and yellow
- a few divided cells on the wings below the pterostigma (max 3-4). If more, it is a O. brunneum.

Photo taken on Ikaria island.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-02-06 8:30]

Hi Catherine,
Score, Very Nice 7777 ...
Dragonfly in a beautiful composition.
Color and detail are great.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Catherine,
Great capture with lovely colours and excellent details.
Exceptional sharpness and clarity. Very good contrast and superb BG.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-06 9:50]

Hello Catherine
Nice capture of this dragonfly taken with wonderful colors and sharp details. Nice composition too

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-06 9:54]

Hi Catherine. A fine close up of the Keeled Skimmer taken last summer. Your side view lets us see all of the markings with fine detail. Good use of the light on the eyes and wings. All with bright colours. I like the plain BG. well taken TFS.

Hi Catherine
What a great capture this lovely dragonfly!
Congratulation for this beautiful capture!

hello Catherine
great sharpness picture with nice sunlight and good details
beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-06 10:55]

Another great capture from you!
Very sharp and wonderful colors.

Hi Catherine

I'm glad to meet Mr. O. coerulescens :) And thankyou for this beautiful work.

Greetings, have a nice sunday.

Hi MF Catherine,

An utterly impressive macro capture of this pretty male keeled skimmer in a delightful posture. The details, POV/DOF and composition are superb.
TFS and have a nice night and Sunday!

Ps. I've received your message on the dates. I will write you tommorrow MF!

Hi Catherine,
Simply beautiful, has some very definite details! very well photographed. The background is sublime! you put art at dragonfly!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-06 15:43]

Salut Catherine,les details des yeaux sont fantastiques..quand je regarde une libellule c'est la premiere chose que je regarde...mais toute la photo est une magnifique composition de grande qualite'.Mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,Luciano

Hi Catherine,
very sharp and nice picture of this dragonfly.
Colors are very natural.
TFS Tatjana

Ciao Catherine, beautiful composition with lovely dragonfly, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-02-07 4:23]

Hello Catherine,
This is such a beauty in its powder blue colours and your capture is wonderful! Great focus on the blue eyes and sharp details. A pleasing background too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

bonjour Catherine
superbe image de cette libellule aux détails remarquables, j'adore sa pose sur cette plante, sa couleur gris-bleu le fonds foncé et la fantastique luminosité
Passe une bonne nuit

Ciao Catherine. Excellent DOF here and perfect sharp so like the details. Magnificent pose by the right POV.


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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-08 7:09]

So cute capture dear Catherine.
Colours, pose and POV, as the composition are all great.

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