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Ruddy Darter

Ruddy Darter
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Dynax 7D, Minolta AF 200 mm / f:4 macro APO G, Digital RAW 200, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-26 3:43
Viewed: 3030
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday went for a walk again in Alhagen,The weather was a bit treathening,cloudy with thunderstorms later the day as it was quite warm and humid,managed to take a few shots where this is one of,I think it is the ruddy darter,but please correct me if I am wrong,

Ruddy Darter,Sympetrum sanguineum

The Ruddy Darter is one of the most beautiful darters, especially fully grown males. They are the deepest of all reds, including their faces. Males therefore are unmistakable. Females and freshly emerged males are very similar to those of the Common Darter. The difference is in the legs: those of the Common Darter are partly black, partly yellow, those of the Ruddy Darter are black entirely. Like in other Darters some female are as red as the males are. The Ruddy Darter is not a very big species. It reaches a length of some 34 to 46mm and the wingspan usually is less than 60mm.

After mating the first eggs are deposited in tandem position. But after a few minutes the male lets go off the female. She continues depositing eggs alone, but he's never far away chasing off other males. The eggs are usually laid in the mud in very shallow waters, or on the surface of deeper waters, where they soon sink to the bottom. They'll ovewinter before the larvae hatch. These live among waterplants in all kinds of water, preferably with lots of plants growing in the water and among the shores. The adults always appear after just one year. The Ruddy Darter is a common species in the South of England and in Ireland.

The adult Ruddy Darters often migrate over great distances and are regularly seen far away from water, for instance over meadows, parks, gardens and even highways. Like their relatives they hunt from a high point, to which they return after an attempt. This means you don't have to go running after them, but you can wait for their return. They turn out to be rather good models for photographers and even the males tend to be quite tolerable.

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Hello Paul
What a great photo of this red waterjuffer.
greetings Jan-arie

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-07-26 6:39]

Hi Paul,
good shot, great macro. I like the details, colours and DOF. Good work.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-26 7:04]

Hello Paul,
what a great close up, a wonderful color combination. Lovely sharp details on the dragonfly and flower. Great POV and very well set off from the bg. A very nice composition, very well framed.

Hi Paul,
An excellent shot on this Ruddy Darter. The composition looks really good. Nice seperation from the backround. Colors and detail are superb from the spot on exposure. Great clarity in the wings!!!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-07-26 7:11]

Nice picture of the Odonata. Perfect POV, sharpness and colors. TFS

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-26 7:11]

Very nice photo of this beautiful red odonata Paul!
Good on colours, POV and details!
A bit OE on yellow colour.

hi paul
c'est tout ce qu'il y a a dire.

Hello Paul, excllent colors, BG, POv DOF perfect details, very crisp great composed and framed Photo, Excllent Job, TFS Kyle

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-07-26 9:32]

Hi Paul what a great shot of this dragonfly, never seen it before, great on colour and the POV and BG are great.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-07-26 13:07]

hi Paul
perfect close up photo. beautiful composition. POV, BG, DOF, colours, details, focus and frame are great.
thanks for sharing

Hello Paul,
this is a great photo from Ruddy Darter. Excellent sharpness, great colours and great POV. This is a very nice composition. Thank you for sharing.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-07-26 23:41]

Good Morning Paul,
What a coincidence that we both post red dragons the same day, just like we did Heath butterflies a couple of weeks ago! You've uploaded a very good specimen of the S. sanguineum which really looks bloody read! The L. vulg. is not as dark red and I think mine is a vulgatum, although I became hesitant when I started comparing. As Sandhall points out in his book, they are quite difficult to differentiate between at times and there are many transition forms, making ID process complicated as always. Thank you very much for this excellent portrait of the Ruddy Darter and the accompanying note!
Wish you a very good day,

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